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Religion and Intelligence

Post by Apple1 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:54 pm

Religion and Intelligence

The historical battles between religious institutions and science, such as those in physics, astronomy and biology, indicate there is something wrong with the religious approach to the study of reality. The underlying problem extends to negative effects on the individual intelligence of believers, and a related negative effect on educational achievements. Hardly any of the several-hundred Nobel Prize winning scientists have been Christians. Only 3.3% of the Members of the Royal Society in the UK and 7% the National Academy of Sciences in the USA, believe in a personal God. The more senior and learnéd the scientist, the less likely they are to believe in God. The children of highly religious parents suffer diminished IQs - averaging 7 to 10 points lower compared to their non-religious counterparts in similar socio-economic groups. As you would expect from these results, multiple studies have also shown that IQ is opposed to the strength of religious belief. 39 studies since 1927 (out of 43) have found that the more educated a person is, and the higher one's intelligence, the less likely someone is to hold religious beliefs - "religion declines in proportion to the rise in education and personal income"1. This correlation isn't new and was also observed in ancient Greece by Polybius (200-118BCE)2.

The effect extends beyond individual countries and is visible inter-nationally. Countries with a higher rate of belief in God have lower average intelligence. All countries with high average intelligence have low national levels of belief in God. For countries where belief in God is over 80%, the average national IQ is 83 points. For those countries where stated disbelief in God (atheism) is greater than 20%, the national average IQ is 98 points. Instead of belief in God, countries with the highest IQs adhere to Far-Eastern belief systems such as Buddhism, Taoism and Shintoism. It is not just intelligence and education that is inversely correlated with religion - it has also been found that the more you know about religion itself, the less likely you are to be religious.
http://www.humanreligions.info/intelligence.html
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Post by Pete » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:59 pm

We'll see how smart you are when you stand before God on Judgement Day
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Post by Apple1 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:12 pm

With all due respect, there is no judgement day so I will not be living in fear of it.
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Post by Pete » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:59 pm

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With all due respect, there is no judgement day so I will not be living in fear of it.
I won't fear it either. I have already made arrangements to avoid Hell
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Post by Apple1 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:01 pm

Hell eh?

Its hard for me to take anyone serious when they speak of things that don't exist as if they are.
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Post by Pete » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:18 pm

Apple1 wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:01 pm
Hell eh?

Its hard for me to take anyone serious when they speak of things that don't exist as if they are.
sorry for your difficulties
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Post by numarymag » Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:22 am

Pete wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:18 pm
Apple1 wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:01 pm
Hell eh?

Its hard for me to take anyone serious when they speak of things that don't exist as if they are.
sorry for your difficulties
I'm sorry too but I have quit trying to convince any of the non-believers of anything - just add them to my prayer list and move on.
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Post by Apple1 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:49 pm

numarymag wrote:
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:22 am
Pete wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:18 pm
Apple1 wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:01 pm
Hell eh?

Its hard for me to take anyone serious when they speak of things that don't exist as if they are.
sorry for your difficulties
I'm sorry too but I have quit trying to convince any of the non-believers of anything - just add them to my prayer list and move on.
Your list must be enormous, how do you find the time?
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Post by numarymag » Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:51 pm

Apple1 wrote:
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:49 pm
numarymag wrote:
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:22 am
Pete wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:18 pm
Apple1 wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:01 pm
Hell eh?

Its hard for me to take anyone serious when they speak of things that don't exist as if they are.
sorry for your difficulties
I'm sorry too but I have quit trying to convince any of the non-believers of anything - just add them to my prayer list and move on.
Your list must be enormous, how do you find the time?
Actually it doesn't matter how long it is and I would find time for it anyway. One of the things you learn when serving the needy in your Community is that we all need prayers and God answers those prayers. Obviously when you believe something should be done you find time for it.
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Post by Apple1 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:53 pm

numarymag wrote:
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:51 pm
Apple1 wrote:
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:49 pm
numarymag wrote:
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:22 am
Pete wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:18 pm
Apple1 wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:01 pm
Hell eh?

Its hard for me to take anyone serious when they speak of things that don't exist as if they are.
sorry for your difficulties
I'm sorry too but I have quit trying to convince any of the non-believers of anything - just add them to my prayer list and move on.
Your list must be enormous, how do you find the time?
Actually it doesn't matter how long it is and I would find time for it anyway. One of the things you learn when serving the needy in your Community is that we all need prayers and God answers those prayers. Obviously when you believe something should be done you find time for it.
That is wonderful, you are a wonderful person for caring so much about non-believers, its just that there are SO MANY, that was what I was referencing.
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