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Maybe top scientists aren’t so atheistic after all

by Greg Krehbiel on 14 April 2010

Are Top Scientists Really So Atheistic? Look at the Data

But the really funny stuff is in the comments. The people who would like us to think their beliefs are “evidence-based” are clearly just as caught up in “conclusions first, facts later” as anybody else.

2010-04-14  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 3

  1. John Krehbiel John Krehbiel
    14 April 2010 @ 7:40 pm

    So far, I don’t see any data.

    As always, survey results depend a great deal on how the survey questions are phrased, and how the survey was conducted.

    I remember a story about marital infidelity that was done by Psychology Today. Problem was, they did the survey by telephone. So there’s some guy sitting down to dinner, when the phone rings. Some stranger starts asking the guy if he has ever cheated on his wife.

    If it were me, I’d ask my wife which friend she put up to that one.

    I don’t trust surveys where people know what answer they are “supposed” to give, and I don’t trust the Templeton Foundation.

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    14 April 2010 @ 9:10 pm

    The article says very little — except that some person with some methods (yet unknown) determined something.

    What’s interesting is the “that can’t be so” attitude in the comments.

  3. DSM
    14 April 2010 @ 9:52 pm

    In my experience scientists do tend to be more nonreligious than the public, but not noticeably more so than English majors. That is, I think it’s mostly an academic-class effect than a science/arts effect.

    FWIW, my grad school Bible study on a typical week had two astronomers, a mathematician, an engineer (who spent his summers getting to blow stuff up), two English majors, a historian, a sociologist, and a sports med type who I dated for a while. That didn’t seem atypical.