Atheists are more Intelligent than Theists

Atheists are more Intelligent than Theists

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Science and Religion are considered as antonyms of each other, generally.

In your brain also, science and religion are ‘fighting‘ with each other. Not only in metaphorical sense, but in a real, physical altercation. These results are found by researchers from Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) and Babson College (Massachusetts).

The researchers found that theists are more likely to be involved in religious practices and their faith often suppress their brain to think analytical thinking. The religious people, instead, engage the empathetic network.


“When there’s a question of faith, from the analytic point of view, it may seem absurd,”

said the research team’s leader Professor Tony Jack. He continued,

“But, from what we understand about the brain, the leap of faith to belief in the supernatural amounts to pushing aside the critical/analytical way of thinking to help us achieve greater social and emotional insight.”


The researchers conducted eight experiments, each one with 159 to 527 adults. They found a correlation that the more empathetic person was more likely religious. This also fits with a previous finding that women tend to be more religious or spiritual than men, which can now be explained by their stronger tendency towards empathy.

On the other hand, researchers found that theists are not as smart and intelligent as the atheists.

Intelligence is not as important a characteristic to the theists.

Religious or Stupid? Image taken from BigThink.com Some editions done by Madhur Sorout.


“Our studies confirmed that statistical relationship, but at the same time showed that people with faith are more prosocial and empathic,”

said Richard Boyatzis, a Case Western University Reserve Professor.


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So, now, a question arises, if one is a theist, one can’t be a scientist?

Let’s analyse!

For a minute, forget all sciences except Physics.

The reason is that actually Physics is the only thing in science. It is the most fundamental. All other sciences are actually specialized aspects of Physics.

It means that other sciences can’t be applied everywhere in the universe, but, Physics is the only one which can be applied to everywhere in the universe — In the world inside us and the world beyond us.

And, also, Physics is the science which strongly rejects the idea of God. The ideas like Big Bang, Black Holes etc. are a strong rejection of God.

The people who believe in God and spiritualism don’t think about to search the reason for existence of God, and, also strong belief in God, spiritualism and religion forget that everything going on in this universe has a meaning. Anything can’t happen without a meaning or reason.

Physics make us to think about the universe, to search for the mysteries of universe and finding reasons of the natural phenomena.

So, to think by heart, you should firstly ‘delete‘ God from your brain.

So, we have probably got the answer of the question. The answer is —

If one want to be a true scientist / Physicist, one must be an atheist.


REFERENCES

Ratner, Paul (24 March, 2016). Religious people are less smart but atheists are psychopaths. Retrieved on November 24, 2018 from Big Think: https://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/new-study-says-religious-people-are-less-smart-but-atheists-are-psychopaths-5


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‘Goodnight’ Kepler

‘Goodnight’ Kepler

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One of the most popular mission of NASA, Kepler Space telescope has come to an end!

Kepler is named after the German Astronomer and Mathematician, Johannes Kepler. In the seventeenth century, Johannes Kepler put forward his laws of planetary motion. These are three laws describing the movement of a planet around the Sun.

Johannes Kepler, a German Astronomer and Mathematician known for his laws of planetary motion. Image taken from Wikipedia.




THE ‘GOODNIGHT’

NASA launched Kepler on March 7, 2009.

Kepler’s Launch in 2009.
Source – Wikipedia

On the evening of November 15 (2018), NASA’s Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth.

The “goodnight” commands finalize the spacecraft’s transition into retirement, which began on Oct. 30 with NASA’s announcement that Kepler had run out of fuel.

Kepler Spacecraft
Image Source – Wikipedia

It is coincidence that Kepler’s ‘goodnight’ was on the death anniversary of Johannes Kepler exactly after 388 years of Johannes Kepler’s death!

The spacecraft is now drifting in a safe orbit around the Sun 94 million miles away from Earth.

The data Kepler collected over the course of more than nine years in operation will be mined for exciting discoveries for many years to come.


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT KEPLER

GOAL

NASA started the mission to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in the habitable zone, and determine the fraction of the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy that might have such planets.

The mission also aimed to—

  • Determine the percentage of terrestrial and larger planets that are in or near the habitable zone of a wide variety of stars
  • Determine the distribution of sizes and shapes of the orbits of these planets
  • Estimate how many planets there are in multiple-star systems
  • Determine the variety of orbit sizes and planet reflectivities, sizes, masses and densities of short-period giant planets
  • Identify additional members of each discovered planetary system using other techniques
  • Determine the properties of those stars that harbor planetary systems.

TRANSIT METHOD OF DETECTING PLANETS

When a planet crosses in front of its star as viewed by an observer, the event is called a ‘transit‘.

Planets block some light of the star according to its size, when the planet passes in front of the star, and this changes the brightness of the star.

Kepler used this method to detect different star systems and planets in the galaxy.

A Transit.
Source – NASA


REFLECTIONS FROM KEPLER

 


REFERENCES

  1. Chen, Rick. Kepler Space Telescope Bid ‘Goodnight’ With Final Set of Commands | NASA. Last Updated November 16, 2018. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames/kepler-space-telescope-bid-goodnight-with-final-set-of-commands (accessed November 17, 2018).
  2. Johnson, Michele, and Brian Dunbar. Mission overview | NASA. Last Updated October 31, 2018. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/overview/index.html (accessed November 17, 2018).

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