I think the sad thing here is that some random dude gets credit for retweeting some factoids that have been circulating on the web for years. And while he claims to be a champion for the scientific world-view, he uncritically posts stats he claims are true (which, obviously, the’re not) simply because they fit his pre-conceived ideas. It’s a sad case of “let’s beat them at their own narrow-mindedness.”
Made up BS. More than 40% of the members of National Academy of Sciences believe in a God. Unlike their atheist counterparts, they are adult enough to not drag their beliefs into the field of science.
Yes…the stats are made up. Someone observed a phenomenon then “made up” a hypothesis. Then he or she sampled the population to determine if the observed phenomenon was correct. I guess they could have just taken some guy’s word for it, but then they’d be religious, not scientists.
I’m assuming Twitter dude here isn’t a National Academy of Sciences member since he doesn’t even know how to read statistics. The correct number is 72%, with an additional 21% agnostics.
Citation: Nature, July 23, 1998. http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/news/file002.html I suppose you could complain that this statistic is 13 years old—but then I’d expect you to tell me about all the breakthroughs there have been in proving your deity’s existence since that time.