Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People?


Spiritual individuals are smarter on average than atheistssince religion is an intuition and clever men and women are better at rising over their instincts, researchers have claimed.

The theory known as the’Intelligence-Mismatch Association Model’ has been proposed by a pair of writers who set out to explain why numerous studies over previous decades have found religious individuals to have lower average intellect than individuals who do not believe in a god.

A 2013 analysis by University of Rochester found”a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 historic research.A negative correlation between intelligence and faith makes sense if faith is considered an instinct, and wisdom the capacity to rise above one’s instincts, state investigators Edward Dutton and Dimitri van der Linden in their new paper published now.

Composing for Springer’s journal of Evolutionary Psychological Science, the authors who are based at the Ulster Institute for Social Research and Rotterdam University respectively clarified their version relies on the notions of evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa.

Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People
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Mr Kanazawa’s’Savanna-IQ Principles’ suggest human behaviour will always be directed by the environment where their ancestors evolved.Mr Dutton and Mr van der Linden assert in keeping with this religion ought to be considered an’evolved domain’ or instinct.Rising above instincts is valuable, they said in a statement, since it helps people to solve problems.

“If religion is an evolved domain then it is an instinct, and intelligence in rationally solving problems can be understood as involving overcoming instinct and being intellectually curious and thus open to non-instinctive possibilities,” explained Mr Dutton.

According to the 2013 review, the more intelligent a kid is even during early years the more likely it’s to turn away from religion.In older age, above-average-intelligence people are less likely to believe in a god.

Mr Dutton and Mr van der Linden also researched the connection between stress and instinct, and also the instinctiveness with which individuals have a tendency to run through stressful periods. They assert that being smart assists people through stressful times to weigh up their choices and behave logically rather than give in to plagiarize answers.

“If religion is indeed an evolved domain an instinct then it will become heightened at times of stress, when people are inclined to act instinctively, and there is clear evidence for this,” said Mr Dutton.

“It also means that intelligence allows us to able to pause and reason through the situation and the possible consequences of our actions.”

The investigators believe that individuals that are brought to the non-instinctive are potentially better problem solvers.

“This is important, because in a changing ecology, the ability to solve problems will become associated with rising above our instincts, rendering us attracted to evolutionary mismatches,” said Mr van der Linden.


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