- Posted August 10, 2013 by
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Richard Dawkins Faults Muslims for Few Nobel Prizes While Atheists Not Represented in Peace Prizes?
Well known atheist, Richard Dawkins, has recently taken to twitter to chastise Muslims worldwide for their poor performance on Nobel Prize winning noting on Aug 8th that "All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though."
In response to the resulting twitter-storm he has written a clarification of his thinking on the subject on his blog as well as wondering aloud on twitter what the atheist statistics related to Nobel prizers are.
Peter Broks, (@peterbroks) author of Understanding Popular Science, did some quick work on the question of Nobels and atheists, specifically related to Nobel Peace Prizes. He noted on twitter that in his quick review of Nobel Peace Prize winners available on wikipedia, there are "Sunnis, Shias, Buddhists, Catholics, Jews, Protestants..etc [Peace Prize Winners] but no atheists" in the last 30 years.
On Saturday morning August 10th Dawkins posted this statistic related to Nobels: "God knows I'm no friend of religion, but what IS the reason for this amazing fact? <1% of world population are Jews but get 20% of Nobels." Is he concerned or just amazed that a religion may be outperforming atheists?
So the question some may ask Richard Dawkins using logic similar to his own: Are atheists deficient in the area of peace? Does atheism inherently inhibit capability of Peace Prize winning? Or is this an area atheists like Richard Dawkins haven't seen as important or a priority in the last thirty years? Or is this a line of reasoning that might be best not followed too far for atheists, Jews or Muslims?
List of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates: