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Title: Eminent scientists reject the supernatural: A survey of the Fellows of the Royal Society
Authors: Stirrat, Michael
Cornwell, R Elisabeth
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Keywords: Religion and science
Issue Date: 9-Dec-2013
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Stirrat M & Cornwell RE (2013) Eminent scientists reject the supernatural: A survey of the Fellows of the Royal Society, Evolution: Education and Outreach, 6 (1), Art. No.: 33.
Abstract: Fellows of the Royal Society of London were invited to participate in a survey of attitudes toward religion. They were asked about their beliefs in a personal God, the existence of a supernatural entity, consciousness surviving death, and whether religion and science occupy non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA). Overwhelmingly the majority of Fellows affirmed strong opposition to the belief in a personal god, to the existence of a supernatural entity and to survival of death. On 'NOMA', the majority of Fellows indicated neither a strong disagreement nor strong agreement. We also found that while (surprisingly) childhood religious upbringing and age were not significantly related to current attitudes toward religion, scientific discipline played a small but significant influence: biological scientists are even less likely to be religious than physical scientists and were more likely to perceive conflict between science and religion.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: Copyright 2013 Stirrat and Cornwell; licensee Springer. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Affiliation: Psychology
Trinity College

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