|Re: survey (OT)|
Message #11 Posted by Ed Look on 12 Feb 2008, 12:36 p.m.,
in response to message #10 by George Bailey (Bedford Falls)
I apologize in advance, as I know this has nothing to do with calculators, vintage or otherwise, HP or otherwise... and OT here does not refer to the Old Testament.
It may be true that a large proportion of scientists are not believers in any faith. However, Western society appears to be so inclined these days, so it may just be a reflection of the greater society of which we are a part.
And, Richard Dawkins may be just a little... colored... in his pronouncements; he has had nothing nice to say about anything remotely smacking of religion.
On the forums of a major newspaper once, I identified myself as both a Christian and a scientist (not one of those whose beliefs are labeled by both terms) and one person, a self-professed atheist (fairly activistic guy, I guess) took me to task and insisted I prove that I am a scientist or I'd have to publicly apologize and stop saying so. I broke personal taboos and referenced him to a site that proved my membership in a professional organization before he quit that particular challenge.
My point: it seems to be a facile assumption that if someone studies science, he cannot hold a faith... and this seems to be the direction Dawkins comes from, right at us.