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Intelligent people ‘less likely to believe in God’

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on February 4, 2009

[Originally posted at: Telegraph.co.uk]

People with higher IQs are less likely to believe in God, according to a new study.
By Graeme Paton, Education Editor

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.

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  1. Skepdude said, on February 4, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Before someone gets on our case, please understand that we are not making an argument from authority. We’re not linking to this article to imply that people with higher IQs must be right, because of their higher IQ, but solely to underline a correlation between higher intelligence and belief in a God.

    I haven’t read the actual study so I can’t comment as to how strong it and its conclusions are, but at least based on the article it seems to make sense. We already know that people do not believe for rational reasons. Any attempt that has ever been made to reason about God’s existence has been futile. There is no logical reason to believe in him. Faith is blind in that respect!

  2. Rodibidably said, on February 4, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Personally I’d say that correlation does not always equal causation. While it’s possible there is some link between IQ and lack of religious belief, it’s also equally possible (perhaps even more likely) that there are other factors in play.

    I know I’ve seen studies in the past that show that (x) percentage of people with high school diplomas don’t believe. Then a higher percentage with a BA or BS don’t believe. Then a higher for a Masters and PhD. Then even higher still when you look at “working scientists”, and members of higher and higher groups of scientists (such as the National Academy of Scientists). While (as far as I am aware) these numbers are not disputed, they do not, themselves, prove anything specific, they just show a trend that I personally find interesting (and I believe needs more study).

    As for the findings of this particular article, I’d refer people to my “disclaimer”:

    I do ask one thing though, if I post an article, it probably means I agree with the overall theme of the article, it does not mean I agree with every single phrase used in the article. For instance, if I post something from Christopher Hitchens, that does not mean I support the war in Iraq. If you have any questions about my personal views on a subject, please ask before jumping to conclusions and accusing me of specific beliefs or views…

  3. Skepdude said, on February 4, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Correct, no causation implications can be made with the information given.Maybe if we could get our hands on the actual study we’d be able to say something more, and then maybe not.


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