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https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/athiests-religious-people-intelligence-smarter-study-imperial-college-london-a8183131.html 

 

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Religious people are, on average, less intelligent than atheists, researchers claim. 

 

With the number of people with a religious belief on the rise – it’s predicted that people with no faith will make up only 13 per cent of the global population by 2050 – numerous studies have explored the relationship between religious convictions and IQ.

 

And now, in a new paper published in Frontiers in Psychology, researchers say that diminished intelligence among people of faith could be because they largely rely on intuition.

 

“It is well established that religiosity correlates inversely with intelligence,” note Richard Daws and Adam Hampshire at Imperial College London.

 

Surveying more than 63,000 participants online who indicated whether they were atheists, religious or agnostic, each person had to complete a 30-minute set of 12 cognitive tasks that measured planning, reasoning, attention and memory.

 

Overall, the research found that atheists performed better overall than the religious participants even when demographic factors like age and education were taken into consideration. Agnostics mostly placed between atheists and believers on all tasks.

 

While strength of religious conviction correlated with poorer cognitive performance, the data did show that there were only few small differences in working memory compared to tasks that required reasoning. 

 

As such, rather than having poor general intelligence, the researchers say that religious people's lower IQ test results may be a result of bad performance on tasks only where intuition and logic come into conflict. 

Thots? Concerns?

 

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I didn't need a study to confirm that. It's kinda obvious  :cm: 

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Are we surprised

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What a surprise :mandown:

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but of course.

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Where's that member who literally only appears in religious threads? I expect him in 3,2,1...

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I mean...

 

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No one needed a study. In before religious people fume.

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*pretends to be shocked*

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That's interesting 

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Atheists are more objective and rational so naturally this is true

 

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Lol duh!!!!

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we been knew

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shocked!

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Yeah that tends to happen when you have an entire subset of people who are afraid of science and think higher education is elitist.

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Of course we are.

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16 minutes ago, nda said:

Atheists are more objective and rational so naturally this is true

 

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They also don't blame god for all their problems

 

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Which group is more clinically depressed :cm:

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Not the first study to suggest this. This supports other studies which show much higher prevalence of atheism amongst PhD holders compared to the general public.

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Nazi scientists were "intelligent". "Intelligent" people made the atom bombs dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki.

The flawed premise of this article is assuming intelligent people use their intelligence for good.

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