This is no coin­ci­dence — these things are inter­con­nected. “People who are more reli­gious score worse on varying mea­sures of intel­li­gence.… The three psy­chol­o­gists [(Miron Zuck­erman and Jordan Sil­berman of the Uni­ver­sity of Rochester and Judith Hall of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity)] have defined intel­li­gence as the “ability to reason, plan, solve prob­lems, think abstractly, com­pre­hend com­plex ideas, learn quickly, and learn from expe­ri­ence.… Among the thou­sands of people involved in these studies, the authors found that gender or edu­ca­tion made no dif­fer­ence to the cor­re­la­tion between reli­giosity and intel­li­gence; how­ever, age mat­tered. The neg­a­tive cor­re­la­tion between reli­giosity and intel­li­gence was found to be the weakest among the pre-​​college pop­u­la­tion. That may be because of the unique­ness of the col­lege expe­ri­ence, where most teenagers leave home for the first time, get exposed to new ideas, and are given a higher degree of freedom to act on them. Instead, in pre-​​college years, reli­gious beliefs may largely reflect those of the family.” I would like to point out that such crit­ical thinking does not occur when people attend “faith-​​based colleges.”

 

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