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Postby Unterzagersdorf » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:19 am

People with higher IQs are less likely to believe in God, according to a new study.

Professor Richard Lynn, emeritus professor of psychology at Ulster University, said many more members of the "intellectual elite" considered themselves atheists than the national average.

A decline in religious observance over the last century was directly linked to a rise in average intelligence, he claimed.

But the conclusions - in a paper for the academic journal Intelligence - have been branded "simplistic" by critics.

Professor Lynn, who has provoked controversy in the past with research linking intelligence to race and sex, said university academics were less likely to believe in God than almost anyone else.

A survey of Royal Society fellows found that only 3.3 per cent believed in God - at a time when 68.5 per cent of the general UK population described themselves as believers.

A separate poll in the 90s found only seven per cent of members of the American National Academy of Sciences believed in God.

Professor Lynn said most primary school children believed in God, but as they entered adolescence - and their intelligence increased - many started to have doubts.

He told Times Higher Education magazine: "Why should fewer academics believe in God than the general population? I believe it is simply a matter of the IQ. Academics have higher IQs than the general population. Several Gallup poll studies of the general population have shown that those with higher IQs tend not to believe in God."

He said religious belief had declined across 137 developed nations in the 20th century at the same time as people became more intelligent.

But Professor Gordon Lynch, director of the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society at Birkbeck College, London, said it failed to take account of a complex range of social, economic and historical factors.

"Linking religious belief and intelligence in this way could reflect a dangerous trend, developing a simplistic characterisation of religion as primitive, which - while we are trying to deal with very complex issues of religious and cultural pluralism - is perhaps not the most helpful response," he said.

Dr Alistair McFadyen, senior lecturer in Christian theology at Leeds University, said the conclusion had "a slight tinge of Western cultural imperialism as well as an anti-religious sentiment".

Dr David Hardman, principal lecturer in learning development at London Metropolitan University, said: "It is very difficult to conduct true experiments that would explicate a causal relationship between IQ and religious belief. Nonetheless, there is evidence from other domains that higher levels of intelligence are associated with a greater ability - or perhaps willingness - to question and overturn strongly felt institutions."
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Postby Buffett and Colbert » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:20 am

I believe it but linky?

EDIT-- As Phenia said, it isn't the direct cause but it can be a contributing factor.
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Postby Phenia » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:23 am

There might be a correlation but I do not believe there is a causal relationship here.

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Postby Gauthier » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:25 am

Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence.
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Postby Neo-Erusea » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:25 am

I guess all based on averages, I suppose.

Like how girls are supposed to be smarter than guys I think, I'm smarter than most girls (and guys) I know.

Also, I am religious as well.

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Postby Buffett and Colbert » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:26 am

Gauthier wrote:Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence.


In my books it is.
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Postby Enzo Turga » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:26 am

Personally, I don't believe there's some big guy in the sky who creates everything.
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Postby Dluighinleigh » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:26 am

It doesn't surprise me.

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Postby Buffett and Colbert » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:27 am

Neo-Erusea wrote:I guess all based on averages, I suppose.

Like how girls are supposed to be smarter than guys I think, I'm smarter than most girls (and guys) I know.

Also, I am religious as well.


HOLY CRAP HE'S JUST DEBUNKED THE STUDY!

Or not.

Yes, of course it was averaged.
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Nanatsu no Tsuki wrote:
Buffett and Colbert wrote:Clever, but your Jedi mind tricks don't work on me.

His Jedi mind tricks are insignificant compared to the power of Buffy's sex appeal.
Keronians wrote:
Buffett and Colbert wrote:My law class took my virginity. And it was 100% consensual.

I accuse your precious law class of statutory rape.

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Postby Enzo Turga » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:28 am

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Postby Emeristein » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:29 am

I think the reason why people with High IQs are less likely to believe in God is because they think they are so smart that they can do everything on their own and they dont need a "god" to help them. They think that just because they are smarter than most the people they meet, they dont need the same god as them. They like to look to themselves for answers rather than God.

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Postby Soviestan » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:30 am

I've heard of this some time ago. Not surprising really.

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Postby United Russian State » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:30 am

Ah, but is this world wide?
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Postby Maurepas » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:33 am

And, in other news, Water is wet...

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Postby GetBert » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:33 am

Emeristein wrote:I think the reason why people with High IQs are less likely to believe in God is because they think they are so smart that they can do everything on their own and they dont need a "god" to help them. They think that just because they are smarter than most the people they meet, they dont need the same god as them. They like to look to themselves for answers rather than God.


I bet you scored 'extremely religious' on the tests.

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Postby The Alma Mater » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:34 am

I thought a particular type of Jew tended to have very high IQs ?
And Shintoism is good for your IQ as well of course ;)
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Postby Unterzagersdorf » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:34 am

Maurepas wrote:And, in other news, Water is wet...


Indeed.
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Postby The Alma Mater » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:36 am

Emeristein wrote:I think the reason why people with High IQs are less likely to believe in God is because they think they are so smart that they can do everything on their own and they dont need a "god" to help them. They think that just because they are smarter than most the people they meet, they dont need the same god as them. They like to look to themselves for answers rather than God.


Possibly. Or it could be that the more intelligent one becomes, the more flaws one sees in the idea of God.
Or the study could be silly. Possibilities, possibilities...
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Postby Enzo Turga » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:36 am

I also think religion is uneeded in modern times.
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Postby Buffett and Colbert » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:37 am

Emeristein wrote:I think the reason why people with High IQs are less likely to believe in God is because they think they are so smart that they can do everything on their own and they dont need a "god" to help them. They think that just because they are smarter than most the people they meet, they dont need the same god as them. They like to look to themselves for answers rather than God.


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You-Gi-Owe wrote:If someone were to ask me about your online persona as a standard of your "date-ability", I'd rate you as "worth investigating further & passionate about beliefs". But, enough of the idle speculation on why you didn't score with the opposite gender.

Nanatsu no Tsuki wrote:
Buffett and Colbert wrote:Clever, but your Jedi mind tricks don't work on me.

His Jedi mind tricks are insignificant compared to the power of Buffy's sex appeal.
Keronians wrote:
Buffett and Colbert wrote:My law class took my virginity. And it was 100% consensual.

I accuse your precious law class of statutory rape.

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