I corroborated my experiences as a scientist with several other scientists/students today--including an evolutionary biology doctoral student at UCLA. None of them ever discussed the philosophical/religious aspects of evolution or science with their professors or each other. Whatever our leanings, we just don't mix science and belief.
Hi Ray, I am wondering what this has to do with Susan? Or Susan’s conception of atheism or science?
I guess it is fine that during working hours American scientists don’t discuss the “philosophical/religious aspects” of their work, but that is their choice. What does it have to do with Susan or anyone else for that matter?
It seems to me that Susan is saying that after years of living she realized that god and/or god’s do not exist and that religious traditions and dogmas were just as absurd, even though she kind of liked the choir. Following this realization, she decided that the objective scientific views of Nature were, in general, the way to secure a better understanding and life for, well, for everyone.
What would your graduate student have to say about that, when he or she is not officially doing science I wonder?