25th October 2009

“In this world, there are only two types of people: those with lots of intelligence and little religion, and those with little intelligence and plenty of religion.”

Abul Hasan al-Maarri

3 Responses to “25th October 2009”

  1. holysmokes Says:

    I disagree. I’ve seen many, otherwise bright people in prominent positions, who strongly believe in some kind of higher power. I’ve also seen more than a few atheists who are dumb as a post. I suspect that getting people to “believe” has more to do with upbringing than intelligence. The real culprit appears to be early programming. If you can embed such thoughts early, they are more likely to stick regardless of IQ.

    Having said that though, also think that “per capita” higher educated people are less likely to swallow religion without question. Education seems to get some people thinking.

  2. Ed Says:

    Yes, I agree with holysmokes. And this is the kind of statement that makes Atheists seem a bit stupid–or at least a bit immature. Intelligence can certainly help one see past the falsehoods and subjectiveness of a theistic–or any–commitment, leading to a wider perspective on an issue; but, in the end, belief is more about emotional attachment than logic.

  3. Hypatia Says:

    belief is more about emotional attachment than logic.

    The suspension of logic, in order to sustain an emotional attachment, is an obvious sign of stupidity.

    Therefore these “otherwise bright people” are of questionable intelligence.