Originally posted by predator0187
Religious people are less intelligent than non-believers, according to a new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades.
A team led by Miron Zuckerman of the University of Rochester found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out
of 63 studies. Even in extreme old age, intelligent people are less likely to believe, the researchers found - and the reasons why people with high
IQs shun religion may not be as simple as previously thought.
Previous studies have tended to assume that intelligent people simply “know better”, the researchers write - but the reasons may be more
For instance, intelligent people are more likely to be married, and more likely to be successful in life - and this may mean they “need” religion
The studies used in Zuckerman's paper included a life-long analysis of the beliefs of a group of 1,500 gifted children - those with IQs over 135 - in
a study which began in 1921 and continues today.
First and foremost, this is not my opinion, this is an article that has basis in scientific studies.
Secondly, as an atheist, I am not to sure how to take this article.
The term 'intelligence' is quite a subjective word. Atheists could be more open minded to learning new things and much more open to subjects as they
do not contradict the 'words' of their God.
Also, I know plenty of religious people that can hold their own in in depth conversations about scientific subjects. I think the science completely
contradicts the religion they believe in, and I believe religion is a way of explaining the world before we had science, but, hey, to each their
Anyway I thought I would bring it here just for the discussion aspect of the subject...
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I agree with your assessment, that intelligence as a word is too loaded. For me in this case, too subjective a term to apply unilaterally. I am in the
98th percentile, and the smartest thing I ever did with that awareness was to distance myself from people and groups who perceived and defined
intelligence solely on that scorecard basis. I undertook the same process of quietly walking away when faced with religions demands of surrendering
reason. I saw no need to, my faith did not require it, yet they did..so I left.
I see the authors making a similar attribution error, defining intelligence based on an exclusive definition/comprehension when what they could be
observing, is a socioeconomic bias or a simple left/right brain predominance issue rather than intelligence itself - which I don't think can be
quantified so simply.
I have read reports of studies that state religious/spiritual people are " more likely" to be predominantly left brained ( focused on the right side)
while atheists predominantly right brained (focused on the left), which is a fine thing to observe and is consistent with what we know of
neurobiology, though I know from personal experience, that for any number of reasons, in the blink of an eye that predominance can change. So to
call those observations a fact or to build a policy on them, would be specious reasoning to me.
And there is the question of emotional intelligence, tacit and non tacit intelligence, the differences in nature between intelligence of the brain and
that of the mind and consciousness, independent factors barely studied at all yet outside of psychology, and so rarely included let alone covered in
studies like this one.
The evolution of intelligence itself within mind and body and as intelligence relates to consciousness itself outside of nominal human maturation,
isn't explored here either.
To me its not an either or as it is in this article. If we were to look at intelligence from another definition, a more arbitrary one, they might have
had more digestible results.
Personally, I found the journey of this woman quite insightful as far as the interaction of left/right brain intelligences go. Dr Jill:
Interesting read ty
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