According to Vanderbilt Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub, a majority of atheists believe in extraterrestrial life. That’s one of the revelations he discusses in his new book Religions and Extraterrestrial Life:
By Hemant Mehta—Friendly Atheist
Specifically, he found that 55% of atheists believed in aliens while the number was lower for religious believers. Only 44% of Muslims, 37% of Jews, 36% of Hindus, and 32% of Christians felt the same way.
This is actually not a surprising claim.
While the book’s cover makes aliens look like cartoon-y works of fiction, the idea that there’s other life in the universe isn’t new at all. In fact, given the size of the universe and how relatively little we actually know about it, one could argue there’s a pretty good chance there are other forms of life out there that we just haven’t encountered yet. As Richard Dawkins said last week, “The idea that we are alone in the universe seems to me completely implausible and arrogant… Considering the number of planets and stars that we know exist, it’s extremely unlikely that we are the only form of evolved life.”