I must admit I am more than tipsy or I would not dare proffer this question. Frankly I am much like the absent minded professor. I am accused of not being able to multi task. My mind is always in other places. I am multi tasking constantly. I am thinking about greater things while trying to function in life. If someone was to put preparation h next to my tooth brush I have no doubt I would put it on my tooth brush and attempt to brush my teeth with it. This is because my mind would be on other more Important things.
I am not in any way smarter than anyone....I simply think differently...my mind is in other places. This has been very difficult for me socially. People who don't know me think I'm a buffoon. People who know me well know I'm different but actually respect my ability to solve problems and respect my intellect. I simply don't see the world as most people. I have difficulty seeing the obvious and can readily see what is not obvious. This is what led to my unbelief. I questioned what was unquestionable. I must reaffirm, that those who know me will listen to my off the wall suggestions. They know I'm on to something...different yet reasonable. This is something I must boast upon as my company is often cowboys.
I must admit that when I make post for discussion this is obvious. I like to produce titles that don't apparently make sense, and then tie them together in an unexpected way. I hope I am effective at provoking thought in my unique way. It does make me wonder...am I just an quack of evolution? Do other atheist experience the same type of awkward existence? Am I atheist and also odd? Or am I odd and by reason an atheist? I am O.K. with being a little different. I have lived with it all my life. My question is, is this simply a part of the atheist experience? Do other atheist feel rejected by society due to their atheism or just because they look at things differently?
P.S. as I am tipsy I will never likely express any lack of confidence.
Michael, I'm impressed with your social repairs, and logical atheism.
When you consider proportions you can argue that atheists are smarter. There is a high proportion of unaffiliated Nobelists. There is a high proportion of atheists in intellectual groups such as high IQ, professional and college graduates. Of course there are highly intelligent religious fanatics, as well as dim atheists ( my self included), but I think there is a general correlation with intelligence. Most atheists tend to think critically and rationally both of which are traits of smart people.
We also exercise our brains more.
As regards atheism and intelligence, consider the following:
I want to put on the table, not why 85% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences reject God, I want to know why 15% of the National Academy don’t.
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson
Loren, that's Tyson being "cute" to a receptive audience. He knows people can compartmentalize conflicting information.
Wow! That is indeed an astute observation. Neal is not only extremely intelligent, he is an passionate and expert showman.
My answer is yes. I could be wrong, mainly because I've only communicated with or read the thoughts of about 60 atheists out of millions or billions.
There is also the question of the definition of "smart". My personal definition is something like "the ability to reason your way out of incorrect propositions". By that definition, most believers are not smart.
Of those 60 atheists I'm at least partially familiar with, I've concluded that they are much smarter than believers, and my guess is that atheists as a whole, are smarter than believers.
...Tom...that cracks me up......
I love your definition, I am pretty good at that on an intellectual level, when dealing with people I am an idiot!