A study published in the March 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Social Psychology Quarterly, postulates that more intelligent people are likely to be atheists and liberals.
Evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Satoshi Kanazawa goes on to reveal from his study that more intelligent men, prefer sexual exclusivity, or the preference for one mate. [Note to Jacob Zuma: allowing culture to shape your decision to have multiple wives is not very smart.] An earlier study conducted by him also reveals that more intelligent individuals tend to stay up later at night.
General intelligence, the ability to think and reason, endowed our ancestors with advantages in solving evolutionarily novel problems for which they did not have innate solutions
As a result, more intelligent people are more likely to recognize and understand such novel entities and situations than less intelligent people, and some of these entities and situations are preferences, values, and lifestyles.
Now, I’m liberal, an atheist, I stay up late at night and I’m smart enough to know that one woman is about all the trouble a guy can handle, but I’m not saying that I’m more intelligent. I do acknowledge though that Satoshi Kanazawa, probably is.
Grab the full article published in ScienceDaily here.
I consider myself intelligent, well educated (Master’s Degree in Math & Engineering). I would call myself an agnostic (questioning the possibilities…creation….or spontaneous generation). I am not a Liberal by any stretch of the imagination….at least not in the sense that most “Liberals” perceive themselves today. However I have no problem, declaring outright that Biblical stories are pure fiction created by very imaginative people. (The writers of this fiction referred to as the “Holy Bible” were obviously intelligent, as it takes a very intelligent person to create fictional, interesting stories that less educated, less intelligent will believe & follow).
Anyone who can realistically swallow “Genesis”…even before getting into the rest of the stories has a serious mental problem.
Perhaps the only redemption in the Bible are the parables & proverbs. When common sense & nonsense are mixed, the nonsense then has the appearance of being more believable.
Hitler & Goebbels used this trick often. If 95% were lies & there was 5% of truth that could be verified, the lies appeared credible.
Belief in the possibility of a creator, does not rule out evolution. Those who deny that evolution exists are expressing pure ignorance. I have studied entomology for many years. I have witnessed the changes in tropical insects, namely the giant roaches that have adapted themselves to becoming airborne from the ground, whereas 40 years ago their wings were used only to glide from high points breaking their fall.
Hm hm.. that’s quiet interessting but actually i have a hard time visualizing it… wonder what others have to say..
Since the question “what is an atheist?” frequently comes up, and since there seems to be some confusion, here are a few basic facts.
Hmmm, where are the few basic facts?