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Religious People Are Less Intelligent Than Atheists, Concludes New Study


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#1 TruthVsComfort

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:07 AM

 

A review of 63 scientific studies dating back to 1928 has concluded that religious people are less intelligent than non-believers.

 

Only 10 of the 63 studies showed a positive correlation between intelligence and religiosity.

 

The paper, entitled The Relation Between Intelligence and Religiosity: A Meta-Analysis and Some Proposed Explanations, was led by Professor Miron Zuckerman of the University of Rochester, and was published in the academic journal Personality and Social Psychology Review on 6 August.

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The study found religious beliefs to be irrational and therefore unappealing to intelligent people who 'know better'

Zuckerman’s team studied decades worth of analysis, noting many atheism and intellect studies “share one central theme – the premise that religious beliefs are irrational, not anchored in science, not testable, and therefore unappealing to intelligent people who ‘know better’.”

 

The study defined intelligence as the “ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience.”

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The study comes after renowned atheist Richard Dawkins' apparently anti-Muslim tweets sparked fury
 

Religiosity is defined as involvement in some (or all) facets of religion, which includes belief in the supernatural, offering gifts to this supernatural, and performing rituals affirming their beliefs.

 

Further signs were measured using surveys, church attendance, and membership in religious organisations, Ars Technica writes.

 

Among the young, the study found more intelligent children were more likely to turn away from religion – as were those among the very elderly, with the vast volume of data giving some insight into why that seems to be the case.

 

The report adds:

“Intelligent people typically spend more time in school—a form of self-regulation that may yield long-term benefits… More intelligent people get higher level jobs [which] may lead to higher self-esteem, and encourage personal control beliefs… more intelligent people are more likely to get and stay married… though for intelligent people, that too comes later in life. We therefore suggest that as intelligent people move from young adulthood to adulthood and then to middle age, the benefits of intelligence may continue to accrue.”

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:17 AM

I'm shocked.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:19 AM

I don't know if non-believers are indeed smarter, but they sure as fug act like they are and are condescending as poo to people of faith.  And that bugs me.

 

Disclaimer:  not all non-believers are assholes.  Only about 90% of the ones I have come into contact with are.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:22 AM

Atheists always have to prove something.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:25 AM

If I have to shave a few IQ points for salvation, it is worth the cost.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:27 AM

Gee, I wonder what the people conducting this study would identify themselves as?  Surely, there isn't any bias or self-serving reasons behind this study.

 

The title of this study would have been more apropos had it been:

"Look at us!  We told you!  We're smarter than you!"



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:31 AM

I don't know if non-believers are indeed smarter, but they sure as fug act like they are and are condescending as poo to people of faith.  And that bugs me.

 

Disclaimer:  not all non-believers are assholes.  Only about 90% of the ones I have come into contact with are.

 

Non believers are often condescending and religious people are often self-righteous. Given each epistemology it makes sense.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:32 AM

Good thing I can't read.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:33 AM

meh

 



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:33 AM

Non believers are often condescending and religious people are often self-righteous. Given each epistemology it makes sense.


True.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:36 AM

Amen

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:37 AM

Amen

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and you say Amen and look at your post count. oooooooooo



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:39 AM

Study dismissed because of alleged bias, how ironic.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:45 AM

Study dismissed because of alleged bias, how ironic.

 

No, I think it's written somewhere...

Colossians 2:8

King James Version (KJV)

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:46 AM

thats why the study and reactions are funny cat. if someone posted a "study" that said religious people were smarter don't you think you would go oh wait a sec or look at who did the study and find a way to diminish it?

 

i will add though that i consider being called religious a negative thing. i don't want to be or appear religious because to me those guys are wooden and don't change and aren't open to helping others and are locking more into traditions than God.

 

but that's another thread.




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