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Religious People Are Less Intelligent Than Atheists, Concludes New Study

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Cat    3,780

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 actually thought about that. I'd look into the study and see how reliable it was, however I wouldn't just say, they must be bias and dismiss it.

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Big A    218

Am I the only Athiest on this board? As for intelligence, I've always scored high ninety percentile on standardized tests growing up and 5 years ago took the Wechsler Adult intelligence test administered by UNO over two days and scored High Superior. Also I am pretty successful at my work so all in all the article seems pretty dead on.

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mav1234    3,115

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'd look at the methodology before concluding that, actually, and try to explain the results with logic based on the writing of what was done rather than "well clearly the authors are just bias."

 

Then again, I'm a bias non believer.

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Darth Biscuit    12,502

Am I the only Athiest on this board? As for intelligence, I've always scored high ninety percentile on standardized tests growing up and 5 years ago took the Wechsler Adult intelligence test administered by UNO over two days and scored High Superior. Also I am pretty successful at my work so all in all the article seems pretty dead on.

 

I can't imagine that selling boarded up shacks to retards in Louisiana is all that hard... not a great proof.

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mav1234    3,115

don't have time on lunch break to actually try to break this study down at all, but http://www.scribd.com/doc/159718696/The-Relation-Between-Intelligence-and-Religiosity-a-Meta-Analysis-and-Some-Proposed-Explanations for those of you that want to actually read it rather than going off of popular press articles and/or dismissing it because it upsets you.

 

My primary questions on this would be:

1) did they account for socioeconomic factors? 

2) did they account for geographical differences and access to education (which is tied to #1)?

3) what measure of intelligence did they use, same with religiosity?  while I read the quotes in the OP I would like to know the specific measures used for this stuff.

4) how did they correct for differences in education, if at all?

5) stats, and assumptions of the tests they made.  my area of biology loves stats :P

 

I am more curious if they're finding a correlation between amount of education and intelligence and that individuals with higher levels of education tend to come from groups less likely to be religious.  I dunno, need to look into it

 

as I said, I'm not passing judgement on the conclusions as I haven't had a chance to read through it

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pstall    5,759

Meh, IQ testing isn't the end all be all for measuring mental ability

 

you know how many times i said this in a job interview just as they are shooing me out the door? :lol:

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Jase    12,323

atheism generally requires at least a basic level of critical thinking as a prerequisite, religion generally does not.

 

Even though there are religious people that think critically (and plenty of them), the less intelligent among them will drag down the overall average.

 

This isn't rocket science.

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Cat    3,780

I think superstition shows a lack of intelligence. And while there are a lot of superstitions attached to religious beliefs I think one can be religious and not be very superstitious.

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Niner National    535

atheism generally requires at least a basic level of critical thinking as a prerequisite, religion generally does not.

 

Even though there are religious people that think critically (and plenty of them), the less intelligent among them will drag down the overall average.

 

This isn't rocket science.

Was going to post basically the same thing.

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Big A    218

I can't imagine that selling boarded up shacks to retards in Louisiana is all that hard... not a great proof.

A quick search will reveal I listed just listed an office building at $1.49 M and Vacanf land zoned BC-1 for $875k just this morning, not exactly boarded up shacks and over $100k in commission when sold. FAIL!

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