Atheism and intelligence

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Citing data from the General Social Survey (GSS), Vox Day writes: "..the two most common types of atheists are the High Church atheists with +2SD IQs (128+) and Low Church atheists with -2SD IQs (65-72). Note that the Low Church atheists actually outnumber the High Church atheists, 22.9 to 17.2 percent."[1] (click on the graph above to enlarge)

The General Social Survey (GSS) is the "largest project funded by the Sociology Program of the National Science Foundation. Except for the U.S. Census, the GSS is the most frequently analyzed source of information in the social sciences."[2]

Citing data from the General Social Survey, Vox Day writes about atheist intelligence quotient (IQ) scores:

"..the two most common types of atheists are the High Church atheists with +2SD IQs (128+) and Low Church atheists with -2SD IQs (65-72). Note that the Low Church atheists actually outnumber the High Church atheists, 22.9 to 17.2 percent...

Now, the statistically naive might look at this chart, note that the +2SD theists only account for 3.5 percent of the theistic population, and assume that this means there are more highly intelligent atheists than highly intelligent theists. This is not the case. As it happens, there are 11.4x more +2SD theists who either know God exists or believe God exists despite having the occasional doubt than there are +2SD atheists who don't believe God exists.[3]

In a 2010 article, Vox Day writes:

Never forget that the smarter and more knowledgeable act put on by many atheists is inevitably nothing more than that, an act, and one that has absolutely no basis in empirical reality except for a three-point average advantage in IQ which is almost surely a statistical artifact of their insignificant numbers and self-selected identification.[4]

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Low Church atheists, intelligence and obesity

"Low Church atheists" (low intelligence atheists), of which there are more of than "High Church atheists" (atheists with high intelligence) according to the General Social Survey data, may be more vulnerable to being obese/overweight.[5][6] CBS News reports that research suggests that "men who score low on IQ tests in adolescence are more likely to be overweight in middle age".[7] Compounding this matter is the fact that medical studies indicate that excess weight impairs brain function (see also: Health effects of obesity)[8]

For more information please see: Atheism and obesity and Atheism, intelligence and obesity

Religion/irreligion and obesity

See also: Atheism and obesity and Sports performance: Religious faith vs. atheism

In the journal article Religion, self-regulation, and self-control: Associations, explanations, and implications, psychologists McCullough and Willoughby theorize that many of the positive links of religiousness with health and social behavior may be caused by religion's beneficial influences on self-control/self-regulation.[9][10] Furthermore, a 2012 Queen's University study published in Psychological Science found that religion replenishes self-control.[11][12] Also, numerous studies indicate that those who engage in regular spiritual practices have lower mortality rates.[13] [14]

According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[15]

For more information please see: Atheism and obesity and Sports performance: Religious faith vs. atheism

Religious individuals and thicker cerebral cortices

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association - Psychiatry people who place a high importance of religion in their lives have thicker cerebral cortices and may be better able to fight depression.[16][17] See: Atheism and depression

Thicker cerebral cortices in individuals is positively associated with higher intelligence.[18]

Militant atheism and intelligence

Research indicates that anger takes resources away from the executive decision making of the prefrontal cortex part of the brain.[19] The foolish nature of atheists and their irrational anger and bouts of rage towards God and/or Christians often causes militant atheists to behave irrationally (See: Atheism and hatred of God).[20]

The militant Soviet atheists who aggressively attempted their atheistic communist ideology around the world had their empire collapse due to their corrupt atheist leaders implementing many foolish policies. Furthermore, the historical data indicates that large sectors of the Soviet Union's populace failed to adopt atheism in significant numbers despite great efforts to try to make this occur.[21]

New Atheism, a recent form of militant atheism, has a reputation for shallow arguments. For example, atheist philosopher Dr. Michael Ruse declared concerning Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion: "The God Delusion makes me embarrassed to be an atheist."[22]

Dr. William Lane Craig is one of Christianity's leading defenders and many individuals over the years have attempted to arrange a debate between Dr. Craig and Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins has offered various ruses on why he will not debate William Lane Craig, which Dr. Craig supporters have shown were inconsistent and merely a dodge to avoid debating one of Christianity's strongest advocates.[23][24] On May 14, 2011, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph published a news story entitled Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God.[25] In The Daily Telegraph article Dr. Daniel Came, a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University was quoted as writing to fellow atheist Richard Dawkins concerning his refusal to debate Dr. William Lane Craig, "The absence of a debate with the foremost apologist for Christian theism is a glaring omission on your CV and is of course apt to be interpreted as cowardice on your part."[26] In October of 2011, Dr. Craig went to England and the Daily Telegraph declared that Dawkins is either a fool or a coward for his refusal to debate William Lane Craig plus declared that Dawkins is a "proud man" and a "coward" who puts on an "illiterate, angry schtick" for the public.[27]

Web resources relating to atheism and intelligence

Below are some articles and essays on the issue of atheism and intelligence:

Atheism, intelligence, logical fallacies and other matters

There is a wealth of information that dispels the notion that atheism is the result of higher intelligence. [28]

One the notions that is prevalent among the atheist community is that atheism is the result of higher intelligence (see: Causes of atheism). This notion is especially prevalent in the New Atheist community.[29] However, there is a wealth of information that dispels this notion.[30]

Furthermore, proud atheists who mistakenly assert that atheism is the result of intelligence often commit two logical fallacies. First, they commit the genetic fallacy (The genetic fallacy is a logical fallacy wherein an argument is based on the circumstances of something's origin or history when that origin or history has nothing to do with the present value of that something).[31] Second, they commit the fallacy of exclusion given the existence of "low church atheists" (Low church atheists, which are atheists who possess low intelligence, significantly outnumber "high church atheists" according to the General Survey Service data cited above) and the greater number of high intelligence theists compared to the number of high intelligent atheists (given the much larger population of theists, there is over eleven times the number of high intelligence theists as high intelligence atheists).[32][33]

A far as the depth of knowledge that the religious community possesses, a study found a positive correlation between a persons level of education and belief in God (see: Religion and education). Additionally, as alluded to above, in 2011, Vox Day pointed out that there are over eleven times the number of high intelligent theists as atheists given the larger size of the theist community.[34] In addition, atheists and secularists rarely point out that universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge, and many others were founded by Christians.[35][36]

At the present time, there is a reluctance of many prominent evolutionists/atheists/agnostics to debate key points of their errant ideologies (see: Creation scientists tend to win the creation vs. evolution debates and Atheism and cowardice). For example, the agnostic Richard Dawkins has repeatedly refused to debate strong Christian debaters concerning the existence of God and he has repeatedly refused to debate creation scientists and intelligent design theorists (see: Instances of Richard Dawkins ducking debates). In addition, when atheists/agnostics do debate the issue of the existence of God, they typically do poorly (see: Atheism and debate).

Furthermore, atheists rarely point out that the scientific revolution was birthed in a Christianized Europe (see: Christianity and science). Also, given that atheists/evolutionists actively discriminate against creationist religious conservatives in academia and other places, atheists pointing out a higher prevalence of atheists relative to their numbers belonging to high profile scientific organizations or being awarded various distinctions is disingenuous (see: Suppression of alternatives to evolution and Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed).[37] In addition, there is a significant segment of atheists who engage in the erroneous ideologies/worldviews of scientism, nature worship and neo-paganism so a certain degree of preoccupation/obsession with pseudoscience, naturalistic philosophy and scientific endeavors is not surprising within some members of the atheist community.[38] As far as atheists in the scientific community, Vox Day correctly points out that many atheist scientists (and scientists in general) have a poor grasp of logic, statistics, the history/philosophy of science and other matters which often causes them to reach erroneous conclusions and engage in pseudoscience.[39] Moreover, due to the poor ethics of many atheist/secular scientists, scientific fraud has become a significant problem within the scientific community (See also: Atheism and morality).[40][41]

Miron Zuckerman meta-study

A meta-study conducted by Miron Zuckerman, a psychologist at the University of Rochester, examined 63 studies that measured intelligence and religiosity which found that atheists scored higher on intelligence tests.[42]

Vox Day pointed out that:

1. Metastudies are often unreliable (researchers can arbitrarily pick which studies they include or exclude)

2. The atheist population is skewed as far as a predominance of caucasions (IQ tests are biased against racial minorities [43][44], see also: Western atheism and race)

3. Given the relative size of the atheist population compared to the much larger theist population, there are still many more intelligent theists than atheists (as noted above there are over eleven times the number of high intelligent theists relative to the number of high intelligent atheists)[45]

Socioeconomic factors:

Furthermore, poorer individuals are more religious and they often have lower access to quality education (attend low quality, inner city, public schools) and health care plus face other factors which would negatively affect their intelligence score tests (nutrition, poor children are more likely to ingest lead paint which causes intellectual impairment, etc.)[46] [47][48]

Atheism, intelligence and the state of global atheism

An irony of the assertion that intelligence is a causal factor for atheism is that global atheism is in decline in terms of its number of adherents and militant atheists in the Western World have no plan in place to reverse or slow this trend.[49] A global trend that is expected to affect Western atheism due to an influx of religious immigrants and the higher rate birth rate of religious conservatives.[50]

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Notes

  1. Mailvox: The distribution of atheist intelligence
  2. About the General Social Survey
  3. Mailvox: The distribution of atheist intelligence
  4. Always call their bluff
  5. Low intelligence causes obesity? What research shows
  6. Mailvox: The distribution of atheist intelligence
  7. Low intelligence causes obesity? What research shows
  8. Religion, Self-Regulation, and Self-Control: Associations, Explanations, and Implications
  9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19210054
  10. [Religion Replenishes Self-Control, Psychological Science, June 2012 vol. 23 no. 6 635-642, Kevin Rounding, Albert Lee, Jill A. Jacobson and Li-Jun Ji at Queen’s University]
  11. Study finds religion helps us gain self-control
  12. Religious involvement and mortality: a meta-analytic review. McCullough ME, Hoyt WT, Larson DB, Koenig HG, Thoresen C., Health Psychol. 2000 May;19(3):211-22.
  13. The role of spirituality in health care, roc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2001 October; 14(4): 352–357.
  14. http://www.gallup.com/poll/145379/Religious-Americans-Lead-Healthier-Lives.aspx
  15. [1]
  16. [2]
  17. [3]
  18. Where did my IQ points go?
  19. Irrational Atheists
  20. Forced Secularization in Soviet Russia: Why an Atheistic Monopoly Failed
  21. http://www.alternet.org/media/47052?page=entire
  22. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlnVe934u38&feature=related
  23. William Lane Craig is avoided by Richard Dawkins
  24. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/8511931/Richard-Dawkins-accused-of-cowardice-for-refusing-to-debate-existence-of-God.html
  25. Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God, The Daily Telegraph, May 14, 2011
  26. Richard Dawkins is either a fool or a coward for refusing to debate William Lane Craig - October 21, 2011 - The Daily Telegraph
  27. The myth of atheism and higher education
  28. Fallacy Files: Genetic Fallacy
  29. Mailvox: The distribution of atheist intelligence
  30. MailVoX: Superior atheist intelligence
  31. MailVox: Superior atheist intelligence
  32. http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v2/n3/harvard-yale-princeton-oxford-once-christian
  33. http://www.tysknews.com/Depts/Educate/history_part3.htm
  34. Atheism as nature worship or neo-paganism
  35. http://creation.com/science-fraud-epidemic Scientific fraud epidemic
  36. If you hand us a hammer
  37. Are atheists smarter than believers? Not exactly
  38. Race and testing
  39. The Black-White Test Score Gap
  40. MailVox: Superior atheist intelligence
  41. Does atheism thrive on economic prosperity? Does religion prosper when people are desperate and ignorant?
  42. Lead paint poisoning
  43. Lead poisoning and intellectual development
  44. Evolutionists, atheists and agnostics: Where is your master plan to reverse your decline?
  45. Early paper - Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Eric Kaufmann, Belfer Center, Harvard University/Birkbeck College, University of London
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