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Atheists Are More Intelligent Than the Religious, According to Study

New paper supports past studies that suggest the same.

A new research paper supports numerous studies from the past decades that suggest religious people have lower intelligence than those who do not believe in God. A meta-analysis by University of Rochester found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 studies.

Authors Edward Dutton and Dimitri van der Linden call their theory the Intelligence-Mismatch Association Model, and it aims to explain the negative correlation between religiosity and intelligence. In their paper, published in Evolutionary Psychology Science, the researchers argue that religion is an “evolved domain” or also called an instinct.

According the researchers, religious people, on average, are less intelligent than atheists because faith is considered an instinct…

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…and smart individuals are better at rising above their instincts.

The model is based on the ideas of evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa. Kanazawa’s Savanna-IQ Principles suggest human behavior and psychology will always be guided and influenced by the environment in which our ancestors developed and evolved.

The model also looked at the generic link between instinct and intelligence.

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The researchers looked at stress and instinct, since people tend to be more instinctive and less rational during stressful times. Rationality or intelligence helps people to prevent acting instinctively during stressful moments.

The authors argue that intelligence allows people during stressful times to think of their options and act rationally rather than give in to knee-jerk responses. Dutton was quoted as saying:

“If religion is indeed an evolved domain – an instinct – then it will become heightened at times of stress when people are inclined to act instinctively, and there is clear evidence for this. It also means that intelligence allows us to able to pause and reason through the situation and the possible consequences of our actions.”

The researchers believe that people leaning toward non-instinctive responses are potentially better problem solvers.

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Van der Linden said:

“This is important, because, in a changing ecology, the ability to solve problems will become associated with rising above our instincts, rendering us attracted to evolutionary mismatches.”

What do you think of this theory? Do you agree?

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‘Coldest Village’ on Earth Breaks Town Thermometer and Freezes Eyelashes

And yet people and students still go to work and school, respectively.

Oymyakon is unlike any village in the world. It is where students are still expected to attend class despite temperatures reaching -52 degrees Celsius. The remote Siberian village is deemed as the coldest – yet permanently habited – settlement in the planet.

Recently, its temperature has just reached -62 degrees Celsius. The cold is much stronger than ever. Not only is it gripping legs, it is also turning people’s eyelashes into icicles. According to the official weather station, the “pole of cold” has recorded -59 degrees Celsius, though the thermometer claimed a reading of -62 degrees Celsius.

The device even stopped working as soon as it reached its painful mark, though some locals claim a temperature as low as -68 degrees Celsius. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, the village was known to be a stopover for herders of reindeers. They used the place to water their flocks from the thermal spring.

The Soviet government wanted its nomadic population to put down roots. This resulted to making Oymyakon a permanent settlement.

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Dad Creates Epic Artwork on Lunch Bags to Help Son Make Friends

The best dad ever!

When we were still kids, parents would make sure that we had everything needed before going to school. And one of these was our home lunch. Dominick, a dad hailing from California, is among those parents who take pride in preparing lunch for their kids. But mind you, he does it in a very different way.

For over 4 years, Dominick has been drawing on his son’s brown paper lunch bags. And mind you, his drawings are a work of art. According to him, he has managed to decorate more or less 550 bags. It is really amazing how passionate and determined he is.

Although his son is already in middle school, Dominick still continues to prepare and decorate lunch bags. There was even a time when he decorated all lunch bags for his son’s soccer games when it was their turn to prepare snacks. For other people, breakfast might be the most important meal of a day. But for Dominick, it is without a doubt lunch.

Check out his lunch bag drawings below and be inspired by his creativity!

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Secrets Revealed Behind Striking Tattoos of Captured Yakuza Boss

Unfortunately, if you’re a Yakuza hiding from the law, your ink can get you into trouble.

Tattoos are forever, unless you will have your ink lasered out. For members of the Yakuza, in particular, tattoos are indeed for life. Unfortunately, if you're a Yakuza hiding from the law, your ink can get you into trouble.

Yakuza boss Shigeharu Shirai learned this the hard way when he got arrested after pictures of his tattoos spread on social media. Shirai, who has been hiding for 14 years in Thailand, is a suspect for the shooting of Kashihiko Otobe, the deputy leader of a rival gang.

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