WARNING: let's not turn this into a Science Vs. Religion thread, please; that gets tiring. Long story short: I've recently been trying to get into meditation for health reasons (anxiety problems, attention problems, insomnia) for which I've read it can help. In looking for a good book on meditation, I've stumbled upon many Buddhist writings and videos, etc. Anyway, inevitably during such pursuits one also stumbles upon mountains of media inciting one to join buddhism. Much of it claiming that Buddhism is the only religion that promotes empirical thinking, science, etc. (as does pretty much every other religion). here's where it gets spooky: I can't find a SINGLE notable buddhist physicist, mathematician, biologist, etc. I find this extremely strange! Every religion, from islam to hinduism to christianity to roman paganism has innumerable notable scientists within its community. What sets buddhism apart? Maybe I've searched wrong, but this bothered me so much that I've literally spent hours trying to find a single example, and have failed. In the past, I've read some of the words of the Buddha (or words and teachings ascribed directly to him), and much of it is indeed very enlightening, profound, and rational... more so than any other religious text I have read... so what's going on here, has Buddhism become so extremely dogmatic?