are atheists smarter?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 6
4375 posts
Honey bee

Is it this one?

Post # 7
917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@nonapkns:  Eh, I know an atheist with a Phd and another atheist who can’t spell. Same goes for religious people. Thing is there are different kinds of intelligence.

Post # 8
4820 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is totally logical to me.  Of course it is not a blanket statement across the board but def I don’t think people who believe in fictional characters (no proof of them) are too inteligent. sorry.

Post # 10
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a family member who has a degree in engineering (pretty sure it’s masters) and is a strong christian.

Now his brother has that same degree, in the same field and is an atheist. 

They are both extremely intelligent and their conversations are absolutely crazy. I always get lost when they talk to each other. 

Post # 11
11761 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Very interesting article. It’s difficult to make blanket (and causal) statements based on one research study. Obviously, you’ll find exceptions to every rule and there are plenty of religious people who are very intelligent, as well.  

I think there are way more factors that play into this though then just intelligence.


Post # 12
9626 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

No way. 

They aren’t “dumber,” either.  Belief or unbelief doesn’t have anything to do with intelligence levels.  If you study human history, some of the most brilliant minds ever to walk this earth were believers.  Also, many were non-believers.

It’s apples to oranges.

Post # 13
5015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think atheists are necessarily smarter, but more highly educated people are atheists than in the general population. 

Post # 14
9158 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I’m not sure that a handful of people on the internet can answer that question – but I do believe that a meta-analysis of 60+ studies analyzing 10,000+ people from all different researchers and eras can definitely show some accurate statistical trends.  

@Sunfire:  This isn’t saying that all religious people are dumb.  It’s saying if you aggregate all believers vs. non-believers, the average IQ in non-believers is higher.  It’s like saying that Bolivian people are, on average, shorter than Americans – obviously there are many many Americans who are shorter than many many Bolivians…

Post # 15
11242 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Eh, I know intelligent and straight up stupid people on both sides.

Post # 16
8906 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

It depends I suppose.

Based on education level alone, various believers of different forms of Christianity in the US are MORE likely than everyone else to have only a high school level education or “some college” and less likely to have a college degree and graduate degree.

So generally people who follow Christian faiths are less likely to have advanced degrees than other followers/athiests.  It varies according to specific denominations.  Some are heavily related to economic and cultural variables IMO.

Some religions tend to be exactly the opposite though (Jewish and various Asian-based religions) and their believers tend to have higher degrees.

Go look through the PewResearch Detailed Data tables (Appendix 1)

“Nearly half of Hindus in the U.S., one-third of Jews and a quarter of Buddhists have obtained post-graduate education, compared with only about one-in-ten of the adult population overall. Hindus and Jews are also much more likely than other groups to report high income levels.”

Also in my experience a larger percentage of religious scholars are athiest/agnostic than those who follow some type of faith.  Very understandable to me.

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