Americans by-and-large admire scientists – unless they get crosswise on issues with religious overtones such as evolution, global warming, embryonic stem cell research – according to a new survey released today from the Pew Forum.
Dr. Alan I. Leshner, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, called it a “communications gap” but it may be more of a belief gap.
The survey found 55% say science and religion are often in conflict and 36% say science sometimes conflicts with their own religious beliefs. Among those 36%:
*41% refer specifically to evolution, creationism, Darwinism and debates about the origin of life.
*15% cite differences over the beginning of life, primarily concerns about abortion(12%) but also cloning and birth control.
*9% are concerned about the use of stem cells.
While 95% of the public said they believe in God or a higher power, 41% of scientists don't believe in either. Nearly half of scientists say they're atheist, agnostic or believe “nothing in particular” but only 17% of the general public is unaffiliated.
These people are morons. Science and religion don't conflict in any way (as concepts), they're two completely different things in modern day practise. The only place they intersect is in the minds of stupid people. You can be a devout elephant worshipping Hindu priest and still be god's gift to science. There is no contradiction or issue with that unless you are a cretin and then you probably shouldn't be religious or a scientist. Being part of the human race, part of our big civilisation of cultural social beings means having a big brain that has to cope with learning new stuff as well as holding onto cultural knowledge that's part of the social cohesion essential for maintaining that civilisation. Which means a functioning adult human should be able to function perfectly with all sorts of science, religion, dungeon and dragons rules and even songs by Lady Gaga going in their brains at the same time without having any existential problems because of that.
For f**k's sake… If it wasn't for religion we wouldn't have science as it is today. Consider-
Most of the scientific culture, method etc, has always been propagated and nurtured in universities. ALL the famous original universities were founded by churches for the study of religion. Even the title “doctor” is a religious one.
That doesn't make religion some sort of secret scientific advocate, all it does is prove that the world isn't some simple, moronic fight between Ying and Yang, black and white, that everything is interwoven and connected and if you can't understand that life will be difficult for you.
TlDr: Science VS religion is a false debate.