A century-long debate: are ‘intelligent’ people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

See here

Quote :Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there’s any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven’t all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them combined to see their results — and they found that most studies pointed to the same thing: that highly intelligent people tend to be less religious, and that highly religious people tend to be less intelligent. At least, that seems to hold true when it comes to the traditional definition of “analytic intelligence,” which focuses on puzzle solving, learning, and abstract thinking. end quote

Another early study reflects the same thing see here

Quote : “A new University of British Columbia study finds that analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, even in devout believers.” end quote

Exclusive Brethren could sure use a little more analytic thinking .But more importantly religious folk worldwide could all use a little more analytic thinking too. It might help human society find enough good-sense to start reducing these faith abuses.

People within cults cannot just-up-and-leave these cults. Because doing so means they will very likely also lose many family ties

Family ties are highly important to human life.There is even scientific studies that prove it so.

If it were so possible to end cults by just up and leaving. People worldwide would be leaving cults in droves.

Other religious folk just don’t seem to get that. Many lack enough analytic thinking to be able to calculate-the-cost of people leaving. People cannot guarantee that their whole family unit will follow them out.

Many that do try leaving. End up needing to return. To try re-unite with family.

This cannot be because they don’t enjoy having more freedom

Religious outsiders need to stop and think about this phenomena in more depth. And quit continually blaming the cult members



About ExEB

I'm a agnostic/atheist . Interested in learning more about science. I also am an "ex-member" of a group most publicly known within modern times, as the Exclusive Brethren. Whom are an off-shoot of the original Plymouth Brethren group. I'd say it likely my personality could possibly be described as quirky.You know ,as in being , unconventional , unorthodox , unusual, off-centre, strange, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, freakish, outlandish, offbeat, out of the ordinary, bohemian, alternative, zany I'm sure iv'e been classed as "crazy" . Many times But then, being born into a group like the exclusive brethren. Doesn't lend itself ? to tend to produce things considered as being "very normal" .Does it I escaped the Exclusive Brethren cult as a 15 year old teenager. Even since that time iv'e been trying to adjust to living life outside the cult. With much of my life being lived within the genre of "wild colonial boy" style. In the general sense of a church-rebel picking and choosing from role models who appeared within-life along the way. But as the exclusive brethren cult had traditionally maintained a general church-rule , of need to shun and totally excommunicate any ex member of their group.Treating such people as if they were dead. Thus this situation developed more to do with my need of following traditionally enforced church-rule , as apposed to it being so much about "life-choices". Certain emotional experiences, and parts of life in general, have led to me adopting a sense of low self esteem. Which is a situation i still deal with from time to time. Through my ongoing interest in science. I find i am able to gather more information to help me better understand my situation. Much about life for me, has often seemed like a massive puzzle.With many missing pieces.
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