The Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture of Trinity College, Connecticut conducted a survey of the worldviews and opinions of Indian scientists last year. 1130 scientists, all of them holding doctorate degrees, from 130 universities and research institutes were surveyed. The saddening result: those who should have been in the lead of developing and defending scientific temper in our country are themselves in the thrall of superstition and prejudice.
We reproduce below two of the most shocking graphs from the report of the study:
Among other results of the survey: only 66% of the respondents thought that biological evolution was a definite fact; 41% approved of scientists visiting temples before launching satellites; 23% felt that scientific organizations should never confront religious practices that go against scientific theory.
The full report is attached with this article.