Atheist Scientists

Since I just recently blogged about atheists, this article in the Rice Sallyport caught my eye: Natural Scientists Are Less Likely to Believe in God than Are Social Scientists.  According to this study, 38% of natural scientists and 31% of social scientists do not believe in God.  All those surveyed worked at universities, as far as I could tell from the article.

What I found more interesting than the difference between natural scientists and social scientists, was just how high the number of atheist scientists was.  It didn’t surprise me that they were atheist but the number of atheist scientists is surprisingly higher than the average population.  Just for the record, I cannot remember any professor I’ve ever had saying they were an atheist or even talking about religion.