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Agnostics needed!

There’s an advertising headline I never thought I’d see.

We’re conducting a web survey of nonbelievers (atheists, agnostics, doubters, sceptics etc.) So far, we’ve had a good response, with over 1700 usable submissions. We’ve got lots of atheists, but we do not have as many agnostics as we would like.

We’d like to ask for your assistance on this project in the following ways:

1. If you are an agnostic, please do the survey.

2. If you are acquainted with people you know or think may be agnostics, please make the existence of the project and the URL of the survey known to them.

3. If you have any suggestions for finding more agnostics, websites, blogs, organizations etc., please send us your suggestions at

4. Reposting this request anywhere you think it will be helpful.

The survey is here.

Fred Britton (Research partner on this project)


  1. Brian Brian

    If I understand your argument correctly, then I’m an agnostic*. Though I like to think of myself as a gnu fangled, in your face, bitchingly strident, way dickish atheist. I have issues.

    *Atheist about Abrahamic god, meh about other possible gods that I’ve no idea about.

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      Everyone has issues. Yours may be resolved.

      About the Abrahamic god, I am also an atheist.

      • Brian Brian

        How, by becoming a non-dickish, non-strident person? But that’s my everyday persona. You’d never pick me as a gnu atheist if you saw me in the street. It’s only when I happen upon a phone booth and change into my Scarlet A t-shirt that things get weird!

      • Brian Brian

        About the Abrahamic god, I am also an atheist.
        I suspect you gnu inclusivists count all people who’ve not considered all conceptions of supernatural beings as agnostics. Even Ken Ham probably hasn’t considered and rejected all possible deities. Therefore, he’s an agnostic! Oh, bad example. Ken Ham hasn’t considered anything, ever!

  2. PZ Myers PZ Myers

    This doesn’t surprise me. Atheists are sexy. Agnostics are not. Admitting that you’re an agnostic is about as exciting as saying your favorite hobbies are sorting out your pencil drawer, scrubbing the bathroom grout, and long romantic walking tours of local cabbage fields.

    Even when they get fired up, it’s about being militantly noncommittal.

    • What’s sexy about somebody who holds a lecture about the improbability of god’s existence every time you invoke his name shortly before you come?
      Agnostics don’t comment they enjoy.

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      The pleasures of removing grout are vastly underrated. I intend to do mine as soon as I finish this trainspotting…

      • Are you implying that trainspotting is a boring hobby for geeks? I’ll have you know that I’m a militant trainspotter, sir! (Or as they call it here, rail-fanning). Much less boring than watching paint dry! Especially if you stand on the tracks…..

    • Susan Silberstein Susan Silberstein

      Well, we know how you feel about cabbage these days.

    • Ian H Spedding FCD Ian H Spedding FCD

      Do you mind! There’s people trying to watch paint dry here!

      • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

        I think we’ve discovered why cricket is the English obsession, and why Anglicans are indiscernibly different to agnostics….

      • An Aussie says that cricket is the English obsession!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

          Australians aren’t so fond of cricket these days…

      • Is that wishful thinking?

  3. Clem Stanyon Clem Stanyon

    Can we still do the survey, even if we are atheists?

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      I don’t know. I’m an Agnostic.

      [BTW: Where’s that frigging paper?]

      • Where’s that frigging paper?

        Where’s your militant noncommittal?

  4. sbej sbej

    I was disappointed with the form after seeing that rather sexy remark on grout and pencils that it asked no questions about hobbies.

    Which meant I could say nothing about antifungal bath sealant or discuss my collection of 1950’s athletes footpowder tins, and I was all fired up given the high octane nature of my hobbies, as any agnostic would be.

  5. Mike Haubrich Mike Haubrich

    Being an agnostic atheists, I think I shall do this. (No grouting here.)

    • Mike Haubrich Mike Haubrich

      “atheist.” Singular.

      • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

        I just assumed that one of your other personalities was speaking out…

  6. Mike Mike

    Maybe he’s Legion. 😉

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