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Good scientist, bad social science An ok book and interesting interview transcripts in the appendix. Graffin presents a simple and concise research design that aims to improve and further precedent research done by Leuba while seeking motivations for the religious beliefs of evolutionary scientists Graffin s questionnaire allows for the diversity of beliefs of scientists, while maintaining their individuality in thought His findings relating to religious opinions on a superficial level are obvious, but the deeper rationale behind how his questionnaire was answered in certain instances is illu Graffin presents a simple and concise research design that aims to improve and further precedent research done by Leuba while seeking motivations for the religious beliefs of evolutionary scientists Graffin s questionnaire allows for the diversity of beliefs of scientists, while maintaining their individuality in thought His findings relating to religious opinions on a superficial level are obvious, but the deeper rationale behind how his questionnaire was answered in certain instances is illuminating Having a background in natural science makes this an interesting read for anyone who has interest in the same work and is approaching it from the humanities and or as a social scientist, particularly the applicable use of ternary diagrams Graffin s interviews are poignant and interesting I will admit that being a diehard Bad Religion fan was one of my motivations for reading this however, I m glad that I was able to approach Graffin s work as foundational and find the research accessible Fascinating look at the belief systems of modern biologists Surprisingly accessible for a dissertation Greg Graffin does a spectacular job on his dissertation with a non partial study that polls Evolutionary biologists and how they feel about religion and it s influence on their decisions or opinions about their work He started with the concept of Leuba s 1916 Statistical Study of scientists attitudes towards religion that was later repeated by Edward Larson and Larry Witham in 1996 The previous studies were identical in questionnaire and broadness of focus groups Greg Graffin took it a step Greg Graffin does a spectacular job on his dissertation with a non partial study that polls Evolutionary biologists and how they feel about religion and it s influence on their decisions or opinions about their work He started with the concept of Leuba s 1916 Statistical Study of scientists attitudes towards religion that was later repeated by Edward Larson and Larry Witham in 1996 The previous studies were identical in questionnaire and broadness of focus groups Greg Graffin took it a step further and narrowed the focus group to only renowned Evolutionary Biologists and made the study worldwide, instead of just American He breaks down the difference between the Atheist, Agnostic, Deist, contemporary Theist, etc and gives a realistic view of how the Evolutionary Scientific community feels about religion, god, gods, atheism, naturalism, and deism The results may be surprising to you, or not I would highly recommend reading the Appendix IV Interview Transcripts They are a great plus to the entirety of the Book Five stars All the way and not just because I m a Bad Religion fan This book will disappoint you if you are reading it for that reason alone It s a great study in general and an accredit to Greg Graffins intellectual stature ^DOWNLOAD KINDLE ⇔ Evolution and Religion ↽ Questioning the beliefs of the world s eminent evolutionists