I do not recall the details, but I have read that a number of
scientists were quite displeased with the definition of god/atheist
in one of these large-scale polls; it forced them into appearing to
be something they are not, and seriously skewed the results. As well,
if the poll was not anonymous, you have the fear-of-criticism factor
to consider, which could easily explain figures like 90% atheist.
(As, of course, could their being actual atheists.)
On 27 Apr 2001, at 0:52, Damien Sullivan wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 27, 2001 at 07:40:17AM +0100, Amara Graps wrote:
> > You would find that woman scientists are usually also atheists, as are
> > scientists, in general (! still many exceptions, though).
> 60% of American scientists, according to that poll a few years ago which
> repeated one from the 1930s. 90% of NAS members. 95% of NAS biologists (the
> high), 5/6 of NAS mathematicians (the low). I really wanted to see the full
....xx- Damien X-)
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