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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

THE FINAL TRANSITION: Part 15C: Why Do Scientists Doubt the Existence of God and the Afterlife?

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What About American Scientists?
  • In  1914 about a third of the more distinguished scientists believed in God.
  • By 1933, this fraction dropped to less than one in five (20%).
  • In 1998 fewer than one in ten (10%) of National Academy of Sciences members believed in both God and the Afterlife.
  • More specifically, only 5% of NAS biologists believed.
  • The more distinguished scientists tend not to believe in God.
  • Biologists especially don't believe.
  • The trend is clear that over time, fewer and fewer scientists are now believing in God.
Why?  Scientists:
  • Tend to be materialistic, and they the Cosmos as matter and energy.
  • Look upon religion as an obsolete political tool to control the masses that still, amazingly enough, works.
  • Feel religion is irrelevant.
  • Are mystified by nature itself and don't need anything supernatural to explain anything.
  • Choose to limit their definition of truth to what can be empirically discovered.
Mind you, there are noteworthy bio-scientists  who do believe:

  • Francis Collins (right), who once headed the National Human Genome Research Institute, and 
  • James Watson (left), who helped discover the double-helix structure of DNA. 

But they are the exceptions to the overwhelming norm:

No surprise that Human Eventsreported that NAS is atheist-dominated.  Of course, this "publication represents powerful conservative voices."  It is said that President Ronald Reagan particularly valued this newsletter (which for economic reasons does not now mail out hard copies).  Regular contributors include Pat Buchanan and Ann Coulter.

Finally, let me close this discussion with quotes from Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion:

  • Only 3.3% of Royal Society members agree with the statement that a personal god exists (pg. 102, relative to the 5% of biological National Academy of Sciences members).
  •  The higher one’s intelligence or education level, the less one is likely to be religious (pg. 103, and that intelligence parameter might well explain the low belief rate of National Academy members).
In any case, you should ask yourself:  If 90% of Americans believe in God and an Afterlife, but only 5% of NAS biology members do, why this difference?  Is it because these scientists were born atheists?  Or did they choose to become atheists for the reasons articulated by Dawkins?

From the sublime to the almost ridiculous, as the  general public tends to worship personalities more than scientists, here are 15 of them, including Brangelina.

Next, how do Americans compare with the World?  Let me tell you in advance.  We are right up there with the Middle East on belief in an Afterlife.  The French?  They must be very smart.

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Typhoon Rammusan has suddenly strengthened into a Category 3 at 125 MPH, will be right over Manila this afternoon, and will weaken over the Phililppines, but could well become a Category 4 just around the time the eye passes over Northern Hainan:


So relatively early in the season, this does not omen well for the East Pacific into the year.

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