50 Famous Scientists & Academics Speak About God: Part II

Last month, Jonathan Parara­jas­ing­ham cre­at­ed a mon­tage of 50 renowned aca­d­e­mics, includ­ing many Nobel prize win­ners, talk­ing about their thoughts on the exis­tence of God. And boy did it gen­er­ate some debate. (Watch the video and read the com­ments here.) Now comes Part II, which fea­tures George Lakoff, Richard Dawkins, Simon Schaf­fer, Patri­cia Church­land, and Michio Kaku, among oth­ers. The full list appears below the jump. (Click “more.”) You can find this video, along with the first video in the series, in our col­lec­tion of Great Sci­ence Videos.

51. Frank Wilczek, Nobel Lau­re­ate in Physics, MIT
52. VS Ramachan­dran, World-Renowned Neu­ro­sci­en­tist, UC San Diego
53. Bruce C. Mur­ray, Cal­tech Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Plan­e­tary Sci­ence
54. Sir Ray­mond Firth, World-Renowned Anthro­pol­o­gist, LSE
55. Alva Noë, Berke­ley Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy
56. Alan Dun­des, World Expert in Folk­lore, Berke­ley
57. Mas­si­mo Pigli­uc­ci, Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy, CUNY
58. Bede Run­dle, Oxford Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy
59. Sir Richard Friend, Cam­bridge Pro­fes­sor of Physics
60. George Lakoff, Berke­ley Pro­fes­sor of Lin­guis­tics
61. Sir John Sul­ston, Nobel Lau­re­ate in Physiology/Medicine
62. Shel­ley Kagan, Yale Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy
63. Roy J. Glauber, Nobel Lau­re­ate in Physics
64. Lewis Wolpert, Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Biol­o­gy, UCL
65. Mahzarin Bana­ji, Har­vard Pro­fes­sor of Social Ethics
66. Wal­ter Sin­nott-Arm­strong, Pro­fes­sor of Prac­ti­cal Ethics, Duke Uni­ver­si­ty
67. Richard Dawkins, Oxford Evo­lu­tion­ary Biol­o­gist
68. Bruce Hood, Pro­fes­sor of Exper­i­men­tal Psy­chol­o­gy, Bris­tol
69. Mar­vin Min­sky, Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence Research Pio­neer, MIT
70. Her­man Philipse, Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy, Utrecht Uni­ver­si­ty
71. Michio Kaku, CUNY Pro­fes­sor of The­o­ret­i­cal Physics
72. Dame Car­o­line Humphrey, Cam­bridge Pro­fes­sor of Anthro­pol­o­gy
73. Max Tegmark, World-Renowned Cos­mol­o­gist, MIT
74. David Parkin, Oxford Pro­fes­sor of Anthro­pol­o­gy
75. Robert Price, Pro­fes­sor of The­ol­o­gy and Bib­li­cal Crit­i­cism
76. Jonathan Haidt, Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chol­o­gy, Vir­ginia
77. Max Perutz, Nobel Lau­re­ate in Chem­istry
78. Rodol­fo Lli­nas, Pro­fes­sor of Neu­ro­science, New York
79. Dan McKen­zie, World-Renowned Geo­physi­cist, Cam­bridge
80. Patri­cia Church­land, Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy, UC San Diego
81. Sean Car­roll, Cal­tech The­o­ret­i­cal Cos­mol­o­gist
82. Alexan­der Vilenkin, World-Renowned The­o­ret­i­cal Physi­cist
83. PZ Myers, Pro­fes­sor of Biol­o­gy, Min­neso­ta
84. Haroon Ahmed, Promi­nent Cam­bridge Sci­en­tist (Micro­elec­tron­ics)
85. David Sloan Wil­son, Pro­fes­sor of Biol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy, SUNY
86. Bart Ehrman, Pro­fes­sor of Reli­gious Stud­ies, UNC
87. Seth Lloyd, Pio­neer of Quan­tum Com­put­ing, MIT
88. Dan Brown, Fel­low in Organ­ic Chem­istry, Cam­bridge
89. Vic­tor Stenger, Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Physics and Astron­o­my, Hawaii
90. Simon Schaf­fer, Cam­bridge Pro­fes­sor of the His­to­ry of Sci­ence
91. Saul Perl­mut­ter World-Renowned Astro­physi­cist, Berke­ley
92. Lee Sil­ver, Prince­ton Pro­fes­sor of Mol­e­c­u­lar Biol­o­gy
93. Bar­ry Sup­ple, Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Eco­nom­ic His­to­ry, Cam­bridge
94. Alan Der­showitz, Har­vard Pro­fes­sor of Law
95. John Ray­mond Smythies, Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Psy­chi­atric Research
96. Chris Hann, Max Planck Insti­tute For Social Anthro­pol­o­gy
97. David Gross, Nobel Lau­re­ate in Physics
98. Ronald de Sousa, Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy, Toron­to
99. Robert Hinde, Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Zool­o­gy, Cam­bridge
100. Car­olyn Por­co, NASA Plan­e­tary Sci­en­tist

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  • Bill Moen says:

    I can­not imag­ine any reli­gious per­son of ANY reli­gion, after watch­ing and lis­ten­ing to these 100 thought­ful men, retain­ing their “faith“without ques­tion.
    (But, of course, they WILL!)

  • Raul Martinez-Esteve says:

    It is clear than more than 90% of the sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty believes that the exis­tence of the Uni­verse (or Uni­vers­es) are the result of acts of ran­dom­ness and pure­ly acci­den­tal. If the Uni­verse (or Uni­vers­es) is end­less and infi­nite does every­thing exists? It would be very inter­est­ing if Mr. Parara­jas­ing­ham can put togeth­er either these group of sci­en­tists ( or oth­er renowned aca­d­e­mics) to talk about their opin­ion of such issues includ­ing “cause and effect”. Since there is no First Cause why do we almost auto­mat­i­cal­ly try (and suc­ceed quite often) to under­stand as to the “why” (the rea­son behind it) of every­thing. Is there always a cause for every­thing BUT a First Cause? In a pure­ly mate­r­i­al exis­tence should­n’t the words “why” and “cause” (and “because” also) be then com­plete­ly elim­i­nat­ed? Should­n’t the word “how” be used instead?

  • Artaban7 says:

    Actu­al­ly, Raul Mar­tinez-Estevez, your claim that “It is clear than more than 90% of the sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty believes that the exis­tence of the Uni­verse (or Uni­vers­es) are the result of acts of ran­dom­ness and pure­ly acci­den­tal” is dead wrong.

    If you’d attempt­ed to use your Rea­son to actu­al­ly do some research, instead of blath­er­ing your opin­ions as though they were fact, you might’ve stum­bled across one of the many sur­veys that’ve found most sci­en­tists DO believe in God.

    The PEW Research Cen­ter’s sur­vey found that “51% of sci­en­tists believed in God or a ‘high­er pow­er’ ” (7% did­n’t claim athe­ism or belief): http://www.pewforum.org/Science-and-Bioethics/Scientists-and-Belief.aspx

    Oth­ers have found high­er rates of belief. Like this one that found “About two-thirds of sci­en­tists believe in God”: http://www.livescience.com/379-scientists-belief-god-varies-starkly-discipline.html

    It’s rather embarrassing–in a humor­ous way–when athe­ists claim­ing to be cham­pi­ons of rea­son don’t both­er to use it.

  • Ann Lumaxannlumax says:

    The fact that so many sci­en­tists are athe­ists or agnos­tics many mere­ly be due to the way they are select­ed. If reli­gious sci­en­tists are not giv­en posi­tions, the result is obvi­ous.

  • AA says:

    What is the pur­pose of this and how are these sci­en­tists select­ed? Even if it is true that most sci­en­tists are not deis­tic, it could also be inferred that reli­gious and deist believ­ing sci­en­tists are not giv­en tenor.

  • deedee says:

    “A sur­vey of sci­en­tists who are mem­bers of the Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion for the Advance­ment of Sci­ence, con­duct­ed by the Pew Research Cen­ter for the Peo­ple & the Press in May and June 2009, finds that mem­bers of this group are, on the whole, much less reli­gious than the gen­er­al public.1 Indeed, the sur­vey shows that sci­en­tists are rough­ly half as like­ly as the gen­er­al pub­lic to believe in God or a high­er pow­er. Accord­ing to the poll, just over half of sci­en­tists (51%) believe in some form of deity or high­er pow­er; specif­i­cal­ly, 33% of sci­en­tists say they believe in God, while 18% believe in a uni­ver­sal spir­it or high­er pow­er. By con­trast, 95% of Amer­i­cans believe in some form of deity or high­er pow­er, accord­ing to a sur­vey of the gen­er­al pub­lic con­duct­ed by the Pew Research Cen­ter in July 2006. Specif­i­cal­ly, more than eight-in-ten Amer­i­cans (83%) say they believe in God and 12% believe in a uni­ver­sal spir­it or high­er pow­er. Final­ly, the poll of sci­en­tists finds that four-in-ten sci­en­tists (41%) say they do not believe in God or a high­er pow­er, while the poll of the pub­lic finds that only 4% of Amer­i­cans share this view.“nnThe pew forum, pre­vi­ous­ly quot­ed.

  • john says:

    51% of sci­en­tists believe in god? What? : Non­the­ism • Ratio­nal …www.rationalskepticism.org/…/51-of-scientists-believe-in-god-what‑t…Cached… hard­line cre­ation­ists, but his ideas also put him at odds with the 51 per­cent of sci­en­tists polled in 2014 who believe in God or a high­er pow­er.

  • Everette Hatcher says:

    I am in the process of respond­ing to all 150 of the aca­d­e­mics in this You Tube series on my blog and if you google “Respond­ing to Renowned Aca­d­e­mics” you will see that I already have about 50 posts up for view­ing. Even though I have fin­ished about 80 of these I am post­ing one every Tues­day.

    The prob­lem of evil is the num­ber objec­tion in this series but the false accu­sa­tion of “blind faith” is thrown around a lot too but I have pro­vid­ed evi­dence that seems to indi­cate that the Bible is a reli­able his­tor­i­cal book that can trust­ed.

  • zubair ahmed says:

    Plz send me inor­gan­ic chem­istry book tuli and satyea par­cash plzzz

  • Gpw Bernard Bautista Rementilla says:

    T O: All Those Athe­ists, All Those Who Believe NOT in The “First Cause” Law of Nature; and All Those Who “See & Expe­ri­ence & there­fore, Think” this World is Full of Evils — ‘see­ing only the ‘bad’ of the whole pic­ture in where “the same ALL Those Who Ques­tion & Do NOT Believe in the Exis­tence of GOD —

    First of all, I want to let you know that you are all my broth­ers & sis­ters.
    Yes, I am one with you all as you live on Earth, I am in no oth­er way dif­fer­ent from you all that the Truth & Fact of Life here on Earth — sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly, math­e­mat­i­cal­ly, embrac­ing the very same every truth & fact of life that YOU ALL & I Do Sense in/by/with our 5 Phys­i­cal Sens­es here on Earth (the Phys­i­cal micro-World, as of/in the Uni­verse: the Macro-World, math­e­mat­i­cal­ly con­nect­ed to the Non-Phys­i­cal World: The Cos­mos), hav­ing 3 Attrib­ut­es strict­ly & ONLY pos­sessed by/with the HUMAN BEING that live in the cos­mic Dual­i­ty Law Truth & the Cause & Effect Fact of All Life , as fol­lows:

    1. Intel­lect: The Heart of REASON, in quest for TRUTH: the Truth of the Human­i­ty of Life, the True Real­i­ty of Exis­tence in the Uni­verse, in the Cos­mos;
    2. Will: The Core of the Pur­pose of Human­i­ty, in quest for the True Mean­ing of Life found­ed in the very heart of Human­i­ty — True Goodness/Happiness of Life in each human being, in each human fam­i­ly & in True Glob­al Fam­i­ly of HUMAN Nations in True World Peace on Earth; &
    3. Emo­tion: The Core Foun­da­tion of the True Real­i­ty of the Mean­ing of Nat­ur­al Sci­ences of Life at the Core of the Math­e­mat­ics Life, tran­scend­ing design, func­tion, & struc­ture of Life in the con­text of Life-Reli­gion, Life-Sci­ence, Life-Cul­ture, Life-Race, Life-Lan­guage: The Human Life in quest for True Beau­ty of Life-ENER­GY, Life-Force in All HUMAN REALITY: True LOVE.

    Ani­mals DO NOT HAVE those 3 Attrib­ut­es; ani­mals are in the Life-Real­i­ty Exis­tence LOWER than & below the Human Life Real­i­ty. In all his­to­ry, is there any one ani­mal which can, has, had writ­ten; or, does write his sto­ry, his sci­ence, his math­e­mat­ics, etc.? Any one? This Truth & Fact of Real­i­ty of Life also explain that YOU and I have come from our Par­ents; & the root-causal­i­ty of this human orig­i­na­tion from our Par­ents sim­ply answer: ‘Why are we here? — It’s the rea­son that The Love of our Par­ent caus­es our very exis­tence; and so on…, that can be fig­ured out by Nature’s FINAL LAW in the con­text of True GUT & True TOE of Life. Sad­ly, until NOW, the best of minds of Sci­ence have been strug­gling in their intel­lects, hard­ly have con­fig­ured; & have failed to fig­ure it out: “The Final Law of Nature” in the con­text of even math­e­mat­i­cal­ly con­fig­ur­ing the For­mu­lae & Equa­tions of Life — for a sin­gu­lar REASON by WHOM they [These ‘intel­lec­tu­als’, sci­en­tists, philoso­phers, math­e­mati­cians, et.] do not acknowl­edge, do not believe in the per­spec­tive of “Absolute Most Pow­er­ful Being: The Cre­ator Whose Math­e­mat­i­cal Char­ac­ter is “The Nature”. There­fore -

    The TRUTH & FACT — These all above I have revealed came from “Nature”.

    Non-arguably by Truth & Fact of Cos­mic Life in 5 Phys­i­cal Sens­es [and 5 Non-Phys­i­cal Sens­es of Human Life]: This “Nature” encom­pass­es all Human­i­ty — all Human Life over & above all life-beings on Earth, includ­ing Earth-being — that embraces the Math­e­mat­i­cal Prin­ci­ples which con­fig­ure All Sci­en­tif­ic Laws & Meta­phys­i­cal laws of Exis­tence-Real­i­ty in/of the Nat­ur­al Phe­nom­e­na of Life. Now, the fact is: we are all in the Cos­mic Life — the Real­i­ty Exis­tence of All Life-Real­i­ties.

    REMINDER: If a Human Being breaks/VIOLATES one or, two of these Laws [since these LAWS are math­e­mat­i­cal­ly con­nect­ed to each oth­er], then & the, it has math­e­mat­i­cal­ly ‘domi­no-effect’ BAD IMPACT in Human Con­di­tions of Life on Earth; one of these [there are 36 World’s Issues in all] is the wors­en­ing anthro­pogenic Cli­mate Change in the con­text of Glob­al Warm­ing.

    All of the above DO Define YOU ALL and I — beyond the WHY, HOW, WHEN, WHERE, WHICH, & the WHO in all of us that —

    We Are All Human Beings. We — all of us are not ‘ani­mals’. YOU All & I DO: We are all HUMAN BEINGS.

    -Gpw Bernard Bautista Remen­til­la
    [Gpw-BBR‑6 Ref.: Web­sites:https://linkedin.academia.edu/GpwBernardRementilla;/Https://ph.Linkedin.com/in/BernardBautistaRementillaGpw;%5D

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