Friday, February 22, 2013

Take a survey for science!

I got the following in my email yesterday... so I thought I'd share it here!

Subject: Invitation to participate in Ph.D. research into atheism

We invite you to participate in a survey unique to atheists and other
non-religious people (i.e., those who do not believe in god(s)). This survey is being conducted by a Ph.D. student at the University of Nevada, Reno with the assistance of Atheist Alliance International (AAI). This survey intends to understand your experiences as an atheist, including your involvement (if any) with secular organizations and your perceptions of discrimination and prejudice (if any) against you as an atheist.

We aim to increase awareness of atheists and other non-religious people by publishing resultant work in academic journals and other outlets (such as AAI’s Secular World magazine).

Participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous. Your responses will be combined with others, and no personally identifying information will be recorded. Your honest and complete answers are crucial to making sure survey results accurately represent the experiences of atheists. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, and will remain open until 27 March 2013.

To participate in this survey, or to learn more about this study, simply click the link below:

If the link does not function properly, please copy and paste the link into your web address bar.

If you have additional questions before or after your participation, please e-mail Michael J. Doane at

Feel free to share this link with other people who might be interested in participating in this survey for atheists and other non-religious people.

Thank you in advance!

Michael J. Doane, B.A. Carlos A. Diaz
Principal Investigator
President, Atheist Alliance International

Marta Elliott, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor

I took the survey - it didn't take that long to complete, not much more than 10 minutes. I think it's worthwhile... there are so many stereotypes and just flat wrong ideas out there about atheists - that we're angry at god, we have no joy, there's no meaning in our lives, etc. It'd be nice to see some research out there that shows that those stereotypes don't hold true.

So go ahead... take the survey. For science!

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