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Scientists and Belief [AAAS and Pew]
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:24:59 PM »
A survey of scientists who are members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press in May and June 2009, finds that members of this group are, on the whole, much less religious than the general public.
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According to the poll, just over half of scientists (51%) believe in some form of deity or higher power; specifically, 33% of scientists say they believe in God, while 18% believe in a universal spirit or higher power. By contrast, 95% of Americans believe in some form of deity or higher power....Finally, the poll of scientists finds that four-in-ten scientists (41%) say they do not believe in God or a higher power, while the poll of the public finds that only 4% of Americans share this view.
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Thus, it follows that most faith traditions are represented in smaller numbers in the scientific community than in the public as a whole. For instance, the scientific community is far less Protestant (21%) and Catholic (10%) than the general public, which is 51% Protestant and 24% Catholic....One notable exception is Jews, who make up a larger proportion of the scientific community (8%) than the general population (2%).
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Re: Scientists and Belief [AAAS and Pew]
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2014, 08:37:09 PM »
Same as it was in 1909  ;)

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Re: Scientists and Belief [AAAS and Pew]
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014, 08:41:21 PM »
Why do studies keep equating ethnic Jews with people who practice Judaism?
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Re: Scientists and Belief [AAAS and Pew]
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2014, 09:01:24 PM »
Why do studies keep equating ethnic Jews with people who practice Judaism?

It would be interesting to find out, say, what percentage of American scientists are of Asian Indian descent, compared to the the percentage of Americans of Asian Indian descent.
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Re: Scientists and Belief [AAAS and Pew]
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2014, 10:32:10 PM »
Why do studies keep equating ethnic Jews with people who practice Judaism?

It would be interesting to find out, say, what percentage of American scientists are of Asian Indian descent, compared to the the percentage of Americans of Asian Indian descent.

I think for Asians + Indians, it is a pretty significant, just looking around where I am. In terms of graduate students and postdocs, they constitute about half if not more.

I do not know why they surveyed AAAS members. I always assumed that because you do not have to be a scientist to join that most of them were not scientists, but primarily undergraduate students who get the cheaper $75/yr rate for a subscription to Science which is also the major source for job ads. I do suspect most theology majors do no join at this rate, but who knows without another Pew survey.
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