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…
…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.
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.
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?
Injured Dog Takes Himself to the Vet to Get Treatment
What a smart dog!
Dogs are highly intelligent creatures and you’d be surprised with what they can do. One recent incident in Thailand shows us exactly that as an injured golden retriever received popularity after he walked straight to the vet to receive treatment.
According to reports, the dog accidentally hurt his eye and he was later found at the door of the Petto Street clinic, a vet clinic in Lam Lukka, Pathum Thani. The dog’s left eye, as can be seen in the photos below, was covered in blood.
This poor golden retriever took himself to a vet clinic and got treatment.
Rich Widow Leaves $300,000 For Her Two Cats
The cats should “never be caged,” according to her will.
No one will daresay she didn't love her cats. Ellen Frey-Wouters, who died at age 88, left $300,000 to her two cats, Troy and Tiger, in her will. Frey-Wouters, an author and a Netherlands native, passed away in 2015 and made special provisions for her feline pets, adding that the two would "never be caged."
She has no immediate family to pass her money to. Her husband, who was a professor in Brooklyn College, died in 1989. Their only child died in infancy.
Tiger and Troy
Screen Dependency Disorder Can Damage Your Child’s Brain, Psychologist Warns
Here’s another valid reason why you should limit screen time for young children!
Parents, take note. If you’re the type who has the tendency to hand over a tablet or smartphone everytime your child is bored or throws a tantrum, you might want to listen to what the experts have to say about it.
According to a new research, prolonged use of mobile devices can actually lead to Screen Dependency Disorder (SDD) which brings “a myriad of symptoms, including insomnia, backache, weight gain or loss, eyesight problems, headaches, and poor nutrition as physical symptoms,” reported SmartParenting.
In addition to the physical, SDD also has emotional symptoms such as anxiety, dishonesty, feelings of guilt, and loneliness....