I would describe myself as an agnostic atheist, and definitely open to the possibility. And have frequented forums long enough to find civilised Gnostic Atheists, Agnostics, and Theists. http://www.news-medical.net/news/2005/04/26/9530.aspx I could source more studies on this. I would agree that the debate on causes on the disparity is an ongoing one. That's good to know. I went to school with one of your breed Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! http://pure.rhul.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/stephen-west(9785e213-ef52-4fc3-bbef-ae3748df6523).html At school I didn't really chalk him down for academic brilliance. We were both in the top group for Math, English and Science, and he didn't stand out, though our Mathematics teacher loved his enthusiasm. Little did I know that as I was messing around he was obsessing over advanced Math. Congrats on your academic success. What direction did your career eventually take? Oh and how do you level your belief in god with logic/reason?