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itdoesntworklikethatanymore asked: Athiests are generally more intelligent than theists , discuss. Further do you believe people jump on the athiesm "bandwaggon" simply in order to appear more intelligent.
I would say overall it requires more intelligence to be a non-believer than to be a believer. Being a believer is easy, it is part of why we see so much of it. To be a non-believer is to accept the uncomfortable reality of the world that we find ourselves in. It often requires a lot of evaluation of views and concepts. It requires constant questioning of the norms and is a view that is very often challenged.
Many of the most intelligent people currently alive are non-believers. The vast majority of scientists are non-believers. Non-believers are often able to better focus their time on reality, this world, and have a more realistic expectation and outlook of reality. A good scientist will never consider the irrational factors that the religious often believe in such as divine intervention or the power or prayer. Non-believers have a reality based view, it makes logical sense that non-believers should also have the most understanding of that reality.
I do think that in recent years there are some people that claim Atheism because of the popularity it is gaining. I often see tweets on Twitter where people will say people are becoming Atheist simply because of Odd Future, which would be one of the flimsiest reasons imaginable. Perhaps there are people that will claim to be non-believers for bad reasons but personally I feel that is better than claiming to be a believer for a bad reason. At least as a non-believer we do not have to assert special knowledge and special information. I’d take an uninformed non-believer over an ignorant believer convinced of the validity of their religion any day.