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Misconceptions Over Science And Religion
2014-02-17 07:46:18

David Ruth, Rice University The public's view that science and religion can't work in collaboration is a misconception that stunts progress, according to a new survey of more than 10,000 Americans, scientists and evangelical Protestants. The study by Rice University also found that scientists and the general public are surprisingly similar in their religious practices. The study, "Religious Understandings of Science (RUS)," was conducted by sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund and...

2011-12-02 01:58:36

Study reveals 17 percent of atheists with children are involved in religious institutions for social and personal reasons Some atheist scientists with children embrace religious traditions for social and personal reasons, according to research from Rice University and the University at Buffalo -- The State University of New York (SUNY). The study also found that some atheist scientists want their children to know about different religions so their children can make informed decisions...

2011-08-08 12:14:42

25 percent of scientists consider leaving the profession for family life Nearly half of all women scientists and one-quarter of male scientists at the nation's top research universities said their career has kept them from having as many children as they had wanted, according to a new study by Rice University and Southern Methodist University (SMU). The study, "Scientists Want More Children," was authored by sociologists Elaine Howard Ecklund of Rice and Anne Lincoln of SMU and appears in the...

2011-05-06 00:00:09

Rice University study: Scientists think spirituality is congruent with scientific discovery, religion is not More than 20 percent of atheist scientists are spiritual, according to new research from Rice University. Though the general public marries spirituality and religion, the study found that spirituality is a separate idea "“ one that more closely aligns with scientific discovery "“ for "spiritual atheist" scientists. The research will be published in the June issue of...

2005-08-11 21:55:00

Scientists in the social sciences are more likely to believe in God and attend religious services than are scientists in the natural sciences, according to a survey of 1,646 faculty members at elite research universities by a Rice University sociologist. "Based on previous research, we thought that social scientists would be less likely to practice religion than natural scientists are, but our data showed just the opposite," said Elaine Howard Ecklund, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department...