What Scientists Think About Religion and Why It Matters: A Focus on India


In this event, Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R. Johnson, and Brandon Vaidyanathan presented core findings from the largest and most comprehensive international study of scientists’ attitudes toward religion, gender, and ethics ever undertaken, including a survey of 20,000 scientists and in-depth interviews with over 600 of them. They explored the nuances of what scientists think about ethics, religion, spirituality and gender, opportunities for scientific and religious communities to better understand and appreciate each other, and the uniqueness of the science and religion interface in India. The lecture began with opening remarks from Prof. Ajay K. Sood, the Year of Science Chair Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.