Aggregating Skeptical Thought

What would an atheist nation look like?

Here’s an interesting YouTube video with some statistics regarding atheism. It’s an interesting video however there are not enough citations of where these statistics came from. There is one statistics that 16% of Americans are atheists and references a Pew study, hmmm…. that number I believe a) significantly diverges from the 4%-5% that I believe is generally agreed upon (and I discussed on my personal blog), and b) that number seems to neatly correlate with this Pew study’s categorization of the number of U.S. citizens that are “Unaffiliated” with any particular religion, not necessarily that they are atheist/agnostic. Ah well, you know what they say about statistics…

via FriendlyAtheist


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3 Responses

  1. Ted Goas says:

    Nice video. I agree with your PEW comment; I always thought the number hovered around 4%. Perhaps PEW surveyed a certain group and did not attain an even group? Doesn’t sound like the Pew, though.

    Perhaps the maker of the video spun it the way he/or she wanted… Always a concern when one finds stats on sites like YouTube…

  2. Skeptigator says:

    Always a concern when one finds stats. period 😉

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