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Science  07 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5941, pp. 678-679
DOI: 10.1126/science.1179131

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In addition to discussing threats posed by scientific illiteracy, Mooney and Kirshenbaum argue that American ignorance of science stems from the vociferous atheism of some prominent science popularizers and scientists' insufficient interest in and preparation for outreach activities.