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Norwegians put science first. The latest Eurobarometer made by the European Commission on attitudes towards science and technology shows that more than a third of Norwegians believe it’s important to know about science. Whilst 3% consider that science makes our ways of life change too fast, 75% of the Norwegians think that technology makes our lives healthier, easier and more comfortable. 65% agree that scientific research should be supported by the government even if it brings no obvious immediate benefits, and believe the benefits of science are greater than any harmful effect it may have.

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Norwegians put science first

Published on Tuesday, 20th July, 2010 at 14:18 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.

The latest Eurobarometer made by the European Commission on attitudes towards science and technology shows that more than a third of Norwegians believe it’s important to know about science.

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Whilst 3% consider that science makes our ways of life change too fast, 75% of the Norwegians think that technology makes our lives healthier, easier and more comfortable.

65% agree that scientific research should be supported by the government even if it brings no obvious immediate benefits, and believe the benefits of science are greater than any harmful effect it may have.

More than 60% of Norwegians think the next generations will have a better future because of science, and over half of those who answered agree that decisions about this field should be made by scientists, engineers, and politicians, and the public should be informed about their decisions.

Over a third of the respondents trust the scientists and disagree with the statement that “because of their knowledge, scientists have a power that makes them dangerous.”

Two in five Europeans are superstitious

According to the research conducted on over 31.000 subjects, 40% of Europeans think that certain numbers are lucky for specific people, and women are more likely than men to believe that such numbers exist.

Half of Norwegians were sceptical to the belief in a mystical or esoteric influence of numbers, numerology, and 23% of them believe that the human race depends too much on science.

Overall, the Eurobarometer shows clear differences between Eastern and Western Europe. The richer and less religious a country is, the more society is inclined to rationalism. Superstitions are more common in countries like Cyprus (66%) and Greece (58%), and much less shared in Denmark (20%) and the Netherlands (23%).



Published on Tuesday, 20th July, 2010 at 14:18 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.

This post has the following tags: science, superstition, poll, eurobarometer, european, commission, survey, norwegians, europeans.





  
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