Analysis Of 63 Studies Finds Atheists Are More Intelligent Than Religious People
There are said to be over 4,200 religions in the world including the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Jediism, Pastafarianism, Scientology, and some even worship Joe Pesci. There are reports that 84% of the world practices one of those 4,200 religions, but analysis shows that the billions of people who are religious are less intelligent than atheists.
Three researchers from the University of Rochester and the Northeastern University conducted a meta-analysis (a statistical analysis that combines the results of multiple scientific studies) of 63 studies. Their statistical analysis revealed that those who believed in a god were less intelligent than non-believers.
Miron Zuckerman, Jordan Silberman, and Judith A. Hall found that there was a negative correlation between those that follow religious beliefs and intelligence.
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It was stronger for religious beliefs than religious behavior. In effect, people who believe religious teachings as opposed to those practicing religions.
Religiosity was defined as “the degree of involvement in some or all facets of religion.” This included beliefs in supernatural agents and “costly commitments to these agents” such as an offering of property as a sacrifice. Another ‘facet’ is participating in communal rituals, such as going to church, and “lower existential anxieties such as death due to a belief in supernatural agents” (i.e. being less scared of death because you believe you’re going to heaven).