One of these days, one of my fellow co-workers at the lab said to me, upon finding out I was an atheist:
“Seriously? You don’t belive in anything? Anything at all? Man, I can’t imagine what that feels like.”
Now imagine hearing that. In a lab. While you’re making science.
When I decided to become a biologist, I expected a somewhat skeptical environment, where one could lack spiritual beliefs and be considered a normal human being. An environment where most people were or aimed to be, you know, scientists. But from day one, when the Phylogeny professor asked to a 40-people class “Who believes solely in evolution, without any higher power behind it?” and only two people raised their hands (whilst nine said they believed solely in a higher power), I’ve been proven wrong and wrong again.
And if I’m constantly surprised to find out this many future biologists are actual creationists, people are just bewildered by my inability to believe in a God.
Have you ever been in an environment where a lack of beliefs was expected? Do you think there is such a place? Is there a situation where you are surprised to be in a mostly-religious crowd?
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