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Monday, January 03, 2005

 Drink deep, or taste not

Worth a read:
"My professor told me that you have to be careful not to get too much education, because you could lose your foundation, your core values."...

What will happen to higher education in America if this fear of "too much education," and this presumption that liberal views are the devil's snare rather than natural consequences of uncensored exposure to science, philosophy, literature and diversity, becomes widespread?

It seems true: the best-educated, most-informed people in the world overwhelmingly reject the religious wingnut version of reality.

In 1914, psychologist James H. Leuba conducted a landmark survey of belief among scientists. Leuba found that the majority of a randomly selected scientist doubted the existence of god. In 1998, the Nature repeated Leuba’s survey. The results are summarized here:


1914 1933 1998

Atheist 52% 68% 72%
Agnostic 21% 17% 21%
Believer 27% 15% 7%

Doubt is highest among National Academy of Science biologists (95%). Physicists come in a close second (93%). Mathematicians scored the lowest (86% -- still pretty high).


Blogger Devendra said...

Its my personal experience, that there are many agnostic scientists. These results seem unlikely.

7:21 PM  

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