are you an atheist scientist?

HI Jose,

It is an interesting question.  As an archaeologist/anthropologist, I have studied the religions of many cultures and have looked for the signs of believe systems in the archaeological context.  I have also spent time in the wilderness alone under the vastness of the sky.  I have been in places where the Milky Way has lit my path in the middle of the night.  To say that I am an atheist would be a false statement, to say that I am an agnostic would be a more true statement in that I am not going to deny that there is a higher power but since I can not touch, hear or see it does not mean that something doesn't exist.  

It is like the saying that because a person is paranoid doesn't mean that someone isn't after them.    

I believe that humans need a believe system to help them maintain an order to their lives.  IF this belief system includes a higher being then so be it.  It is neither right nor wrong to have a belief in a higher being or spirit or "way of life", It is however, how it is expressed to others, that can make a difference.  Always be sensitive to the belief system of others and be accepting of the fact that others do have a belief system.  

I do not argue with others about their system and when others desire to "debate" the subject, I remind them that for each person the belief in a higher being is an intensely personal one and can not nor should not be a matter of debate.  I accept that every one should and does have the right to their own thoughts.  

I hope that this helps you.


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Ralph Salier


Business Anthropologist. Business negotiations in multiple cultures and working with multiple cultures in the business arena. Broad understanding of business practices and business "ethics" in different parts of the world.


25+ years in international procurement and negotiations.


MA Anthropology, Proximics

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