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Religion and Intelligence

"Religion and Intelligence" by Vexen Crabtree (2007)


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Religion and Intelligence

Hello Vexen, thank you for replying to my comment on Religion and Intelligence.

I think probably a high proportion of people who are born into a particular religion accept it as part of their social conditioning and may not have the opportunity to choose what they believe. There is always variation in any population for any type of behaviour, intelligence seems to be in part genetic and can occur at random and so perhaps religious behaviour can too.

Free-thinking people such as ourselves either are religious or they are not, suggesting a predisposition.

People seem to go through religious phases in their lives depending on their circumstances which suggests that it is the result of cognitive processes. In my experience I have found that religious people tend to be happier and more content about life because they ask less questions. Perhaps there is a correlation between having an enquiring mind and not being religious and having a closed mind and being religious.

Although much can be learned from observation, there is no substitute for experience. As an obsever of human behaviour you have to draw conclusions based on the experiences of others. If you purely observe, you can describe something as you see it but not as it feels to be part of it. An important part of science is to be experimental and see what happens.

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