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Are Biologists Mostly Atheists?

  1. Sep 20, 2005 #1
    Just wondering.... I know a couple who are but I don't want to make a generalization.
     
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  3. Sep 20, 2005 #2

    JamesU

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    I would say the majority of bilogists on PF are athiests
     
  4. Sep 20, 2005 #3
    i wonder if that applies to physicists, psychologists and chemists and any interdisplinary field among the 4.
     
  5. Sep 21, 2005 #4

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    I'm pretty sure they are in direct disagreement with any major religion there is today, perhaps with minor exceptions pertaining to the values rather than believes. Lets face it folks - there is no such thing as hell or heaven. Or maybe there is - but who cares, really? There seems to be no logic for life itself - that is there doesnt seem to be any purpose for existence, so why should there be purpose for afterlife?

    These things coupled with extremely humbling complexity of life are all too confusing for any mind. I'll even go so far as to say for any normal mind. Perhaps there is something to the "hallucinations" some drug ab/users experience - after all, those are chemicals, and we are made of similar chemicals. Who has a right to claim its not real or that it isnt credible?
     
  6. Sep 21, 2005 #5

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    Not necessarily, I know biology professors who go to church every sunday. Their believes do not interfere with the work they do everyday.
     
  7. Sep 21, 2005 #6

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    What does biology have to do with religion?

    I doubt they've wasted their time and gone out and polled everyone who refers to themselves as a "biologist" to see if they are religious. Since there's no correlation... its bad statistics.
     
  8. Sep 21, 2005 #7

    cronxeh

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    Biology has pretty much everything to do with religion.
     
  9. Sep 21, 2005 #8

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    Among scientists, the percentage of biologists professing themselves to be religious is lower than, say, among physicists and mathematicians.

    This has been shown in several studies, although I'm not in a habit to store links to such studies.
     
  10. Sep 21, 2005 #9
    I remember a survey from Nature probably, oh, seven or eight years ago now that said the majority of biologists were either agnostic or atheist. I don't remember the exact number.

    All biologists believe in evolution, if that's what you're getting at.
     
  11. Sep 21, 2005 #10

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    I know quite a few biologists who are religious...Jewish, Christian or Muslim. I don't know any who are members of churches that preach against believing in evolution though, if that's what you think the conflict is.
     
  12. Sep 21, 2005 #11

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    Hmm...I know I saw some recent poll numbers on this very question. Now if only I can find it again. For now, I have this news bit from NSCE regarding the recent NY Times articles...

    Also, this...
    http://www.beliefnet.org/story/1/story_193_1.html
    ...which seems to indicate that 60-70% of biologists are agnostic or atheist.
     
  13. Sep 21, 2005 #12
    Well, I think it's OK to believe in something and have some faith, but if you are a biologist and don't believe in evolution thinking "intelligent design" is true, then you shouldn't be a biologist. Simple as that.
     
  14. Sep 21, 2005 #13

    Pengwuino

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    Think you might want to go learn what religion actually is then...
     
  15. Sep 21, 2005 #14
    I higly doubt the correlation is high in physicists, and psychologists, but biologists are defintely the top, then perhaps chemists.
     
  16. Sep 21, 2005 #15

    cronxeh

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    Biology is the study of the subject at hand which happens to study object in question. Any questions? k thx come again
     
  17. Sep 22, 2005 #16

    Monique

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    Think again. You can believe in a god and evolution at the same time. The question is not whether biologists believe in Adam and Eve, the question is whether they believe in a higher power.
     
  18. Sep 22, 2005 #17

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    Well no, Monique, the question is whether they think that actions by that higher power are necessary to the development of species, and that that necessity can be proved. That's what ID claims. But ID has been debunked, so a biologist, however devout, shouldn't be supporting it.
     
  19. Sep 22, 2005 #18

    Monique

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    Maybe god made man out of monkeys, no one can prove that there is no god so why can't a biologist believe in one. ID stands separate from the discussion of believing in a god or being an atheist.

    People who believe in evolution aren't per definition atheist, are they?
     
  20. Sep 22, 2005 #19
    I believe god is the personification of the universe. Since I believe the universe exists, I believe god exists. Simple as that.
     
  21. Sep 23, 2005 #20
    i think generally alot of scientists believe in their own style of religion, rather than being a follower to a church or something, like Einstein...
     
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