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    Posted: Aug 17 2013 at 3:15pm

Atheists 'have higher IQs': Their intelligence 'makes them more likely to dismiss religion as irrational and unscientific'

  • Research found those with higher IQs more likely to dismiss religion
  • Another drawback to being religious, or at least Christian is losing out on top jobs

Atheists tend to be more intelligent than religious people, according to a US study.

Researchers found that those with high IQs had greater self-control and were able to do more for themselves - so did not need the benefits that religion provides.


They also have better self esteem and built more supportive relationships, the study authors said.

New evidence: A study has concluded that religious people are less intelligent than non-believers

New evidence: A study has concluded that religious people are less intelligent than non-believers


The conclusions were the result of a review of 63 scientific studies about religion and intelligence dating between 1928 and last year.


In 53 of these there was a ‘reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity’. 

In just 10 was that relationship positive.

 


    Even among children, the more intelligent a child was the more probable it was that they would shun the church.

    In old age the same trend persisted as well, the research showed.


    The University of Rochester psychologists behind the study defined religion as involvement in some or all parts of a belief.


    They defined intelligence as the ‘ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly, and learn from experience’.

    In their conclusions, they said: ‘Most extant explanations (of a negative relation) 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’.


    ‘Intelligent people typically spend more time in school - a form of self-regulation that may yield long-term benefits.

    ‘More intelligent people getting higher level jobs and better employment and higher salary may lead to higher self-esteem, and encourage personal control beliefs.’


    Study co-author Jordan Silberman, a graduate student of neuroeconomics at the University of Rochester, said: ‘Intelligence may lead to greater self-control ability, self-esteem, perceived control over life events, and supportive relationships, obviating some of the benefits that religion sometimes provides.’

    Detailed: The research analysed 63 surveys comparing intelligence levels and religious beliefs between 1928 and 2012

    Detailed: The research analysed 63 surveys comparing intelligence levels and religious beliefs between 1928 and 2012



    Research from the UK last week showed another drawback to being religious, or at least Christian - you lose out in the race for top jobs.

    Official figures show nearly one in four people who have no religious belief now live in homes headed by someone with a senior executive job or a place in one of the professions.

    But well under a fifth of Christians are employed in the best-paid and most influential jobs or are married to someone who is, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    The last census, carried out in March 2011, showed a fall in the number of people that call themselves Christian in the UK.

    Christian numbers in England and Wales, including children, fell by 4.1 million in a decade to 33.2 million.

    However there was a 45 per cent rise over the same 10 years in numbers who say they have no religion, to 14.1 million.



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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (7) Thanks(7)   Quote TokyoRose Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2013 at 3:15pm
    They gon gitchu zsazsa! LOL
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (3) Thanks(3)   Quote CherryBlossom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2013 at 3:16pm
    I swear we've had a thread on this article or a similar one before? 

    I think it was last year.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (7) Thanks(7)   Quote _ConcreteRose_ Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2013 at 3:18pm
    let me guess. daily fail? They make the most basic logical fallacy in this article.



    Edited by _ConcreteRose_ - Aug 17 2013 at 3:19pm
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (6) Thanks(6)   Quote mizzsandra00 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2013 at 3:19pm
    I believe it.......





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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (3) Thanks(3)   Quote zsazsa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2013 at 3:21pm
    lol, I was going to put a disclaimer and I thought f it. I feel well hard todayLOL
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote zsazsa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2013 at 3:22pm
    It is the Daily Fail but the article has appeared in other papers. 
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (4) Thanks(4)   Quote TokyoRose Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2013 at 3:29pm
    There was a study that was put out in Psychology Today around 2008-2010 that explored the same topic.  This isn't entirely new.  Here are two articles that explore the reasons for higher IQs among atheists.  Some studies tend to point to nurture--basically, when you have a society that advocates for a healthier environment, a society that is overall richer, and students who are better educated and encouraged to question everything around them, you tend to have a higher number of atheists.  The lack of belief, in other words, is not due to disappointment in a deity, as traditionally thought, but the ability to ask questions.  As I said before, it might be worth looking into--getting atheists and theists together to figure out why atheists societies tend to have a better quality of life when you look at the statistics of secular nations.

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201005/the-real-reason-atheists-have-higher-iqs

    http://freethinker.co.uk/features/atheists-are-more-intelligent-than-religious-people/
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (6) Thanks(6)   Quote _ConcreteRose_ Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2013 at 3:35pm
    IDK maybe it's because Im a stats major, But I refuse to believe any stat that comes from a blog. wasn't this the same site that said all black women were inherently ugly?
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (4) Thanks(4)   Quote BBpants Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2013 at 3:48pm
    It's sooo true
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