Tarry for the Nonce

August 11, 2005

A Source of Life?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 4:33 pm

Do scientists believe in God?

Nearly 38 percent of natural scientists — people in disciplines like physics, chemistry and biology — said they do not believe in God. Only 31 percent of the social scientists do not believe . . .

Some stand-out stats: 41 percent of the biologists don’t believe, while that figure is just 27 percent among political scientists.

In separate work at the University of Chicago, released in June, 76 percent of doctors said they believed in God and 59 percent believe in some sort of afterlife.

I wonder if the 17% discrepancy is due to the doctors believing themselves to be God.*

*For the record, that’s a joke.

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3 Comments

  1. I believe in God. I qualify as a natural scientist.

    Comment by chuck — August 11, 2005 @ 5:07 pm

  2. I’m sorry, I know I’m a skeptic, but its really hard for me to care what a study that lumps political science with physics says:

    “Some stand-out stats: 41 percent of the biologists don’t believe, while that figure is just 27 percent among political scientists.”

    Come on. Its hard for me to see social science as real science.

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 11, 2005 @ 5:33 pm

  3. “Who was that?” asked Joe incredulously, as a man in a white coat ran past him through the Pearly Gates.

    “Oh that?” answered St. Peter. “That’s God. Every once in a while, he likes to play doctor.”

    Comment by Toly — August 14, 2005 @ 7:51 pm


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