Razib presents some interesting data on donations to the two main political parties by scientists. What struck me is that if you rank the professions from most Republican to most Democrat, you get the following:
- Civil Engineering [0.75]
- Chemical Engineering [0.79]
- Geology [0.92]
- Mechanical Engineering [0.96]
- Electrical Engineering [1.17]
- Chemistry [2.31]
- Biochemistry [5.09]
- Mathematics [5.44]
- Physics [6.19]
- Biology [10.3]
Now what I find interesting here is that if we use the Discovery Institute’s 2007 list of 700 Dissenters against Darwinism, we see that the top five groups represented are (in order): engineers, chemists, physicists, MDs, and mathematicians. Biomedical and molecular and cellular biology folks trail significantly and organismal biologists (who actually may have some professional background in studying evolution) barely exist on the list.
The similarity between the two sets of rankings is – to me at least – interesting.