Questionable Motives

February 25, 2010

The religious: biased towards paranoia?

Filed under: belief,Biology,Evolution,Religion,Science — tildeb @ 4:10 pm

Apparently so. And less intelligent. And less liberal. And less sexually exclusive.

Who knew?

Religion is a byproduct of humans’ tendency to perceive agency and intention as causes of events, to see “the hands of God” at work behind otherwise natural phenomena. “Humans are evolutionarily designed to be paranoid, and they believe in God because they are paranoid,” says Kanazawa. This innate bias toward paranoia served humans well when self-preservation and protection of their families and clans depended on extreme vigilance to all potential dangers. “So, more intelligent children are more likely to grow up to go against their natural evolutionary tendency to believe in God, and they become atheists.”

Read the rest of this fascinating study and its conclusions over at Physorg.


  1. Can no one see the glaring problems with such a “study?”

    Comment by tildeb — February 26, 2010 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  2. What? This article makes no sense at all. Tildeb, really? Please use real articles from reliable sources.

    Comment by 4amzgkids — February 28, 2010 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

    • This is a real article from a very reliable source. And, yes, it does make sense. My question is about some of the problems that should pop out at readers, like the assumption that underlies the notion that IQ and intelligence are the same things, that intelligence in this matter is inheritable so as to be relevant to evolution. If nothing else, remember to be wary of evolutionary claims made within the social sciences because many suffer the same problem as religious belief: falsifiability.

      Comment by tildeb — March 1, 2010 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

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