Actually, not exactly that, but rather the other way around.
More capable people are more likely to become atheists.
While I realize that my blog is increasingly found by the search term ‘militant atheist’, I felt this a bit annoying. My intention is not to spur controversies between atheists and theists. This blog is about fauceir evolution which includes the evolution of religious and non-religious faiths. Therefore I feel obliged to offer this rather placatory article 😉
All dominating on this planet religions are based on idols—humans that posses extraordinary qualities and capabilities. Such idols and the religious leaders who propagate those idols receive a special treatment: their superiority is unquestionable and unchallengeable. If however someone’s own capabilities (CQ) exceed the CQ of an ordained idol or religious leader…
The pictures taken from the publication with permission illustrates this problem. An individuals blind CQ area is marked in red. The CQ of an religious idol is marked by a vertical line. A low-CQ person (above) will accept this idol as it is in the blind area while the high-CQ person (below) would not, which marks him or her as an opponent of this religious faith.
The following conclusions may be drawn:
- The more the idol is stupid, the lower the average CQ of its followers.
- Religious leaders must try to keep their followers stupid as this ensures faithfulness.
- Intelligence is higher among those atheists converted from some religion while ‘naive’ low-CQ atheists are likely even to fall back.
See also this study that confirms the theoretical considrations empirically.