Who you are!

Who you are! July 19, 2010

Last Thursday I asked ‘Who are you?‘. Well, a massive 131 of you filled in the survey. Big hand to all of you who took the time to do that, especially those who added comments. Thanks also to all those who wrote a little about themselves in the comments to that post.

Suggestions for future topics are all noted – and special thanks to the one commenter who told me about his love for German cars (you know who you are!).

So, now it’s time to reveal… who you really are! Well, you are two-thirds male (one trans-sexual), and nearly 80% of you are aged 18-45 (with a peak in the 26-35 group). You’re a well educated bunch. Just over half have a graduate degree, with the the rest split evenly between high school and post-graduate degrees.

Just over half have a scientific background, which means there’s a healthy sprinkling of people with other backgrounds, which is great to see. There’s some lawyers, IT specialists, philosophers and musicians among you – as well as some self-educated polymaths!

Over two-thirds of you live in North America, with 20% in Europe and 5% Australasia. Not too surprising,  and matches with the usage stats.

But now the killer question: are you a load of atheists or what? Well yes, it turns out that you are. Some 80% are atheists, and 15% agnostic. One Buddhist (is that you, Sabio?), and a few people pointed out that Humanist is a better label (because the atheist label just says what you’re not, rather than what you are).

I’m glad to see there are at least a few believers among you!

The most popular articles are ones on psychology, then neuroscience, with sociology coming in a respectable third. More psychology it is then!

I’m kicking myself now because I didn’t put a question in about political beliefs. Now that would have been interesting! Maybe one for the 2011 survey.

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