Metro- It sounds like the perfect follow-up to Men are from Mars, Women are From Venus and is bound to be just as controversial.
We imagine there are countless exceptions, but a study from the Cape Western Reserve University in Ohio really does argue what the headline suggests.
In a nutshell, it surmises that atheists access the same cold part of the brain as psychopaths, while the religious are more caring, but stupid.
The goal of the study was to investigate how atheists and believers brains operated and what the differences were.
It led them to the theory that the brain is split in to two networks. One being the more social, moral thinking and the other cold and analytical.
The religious tend to be far less analytical in their behaviour but, if you look at previous studies this comes at a cost in terms of intelligence.
On the flip side, atheists ‘push aside’ a more social outlook but and instead display the self-centred, impulsive behaviour, typical of psychopaths.
I'm not going to lie to you, this feels pretty good. Sometimes it's the little things in life that make the biggest difference, and there's nothing smaller yet more complimentary than having science tell me that my religious beliefs make me smart and logical. Okay fine, all this study really told me was that I am not stupid or irrational, but with the state of society I will take what I can get. This study makes perfect sense, and it reaffirms my identity as a non-religious person that happens to believe in God. Now let's get into why...
Of course religious people are stupid. They believe in a million year old book whose biggest plot point is that there is some dude they have never seen up in the sky watching over everyone at the same goddamn time. That - in and of itself - is a pretty dumb thing to use as a handbook for your life. All the good things in the world are because of God, and all the bad things in the world are because of God? Everything that happens is the "Lord's will"? Sounds like the guy is getting the biggest fucking pass of all time. If all it took to be God was to be overly observant of those around me, do nice things sometimes, and be a complete fucking dickhead the other times then why did he get the job over me? Look around you, the world fucking sucks. If it didn't I would have nothing to write about. Yet the guy pulling in the strings upstairs is still worthy of praise? Didn't he create this whole shit? Fuck that guy. You pray to that guy every night then I have no choice but to agree with this study in thinking you're stupid.
Relax atheists, you aren't off the hook you goddamn psychopaths. There is only one type of person I trust less than a stupid person, and it's a person that believes that we just die and rot in a hole for the rest of eternity. I am not saying that doesn't happen. I am saying if you go through life thinking there is no eternal bliss then you are a nut job. To be able to walk this Earth without the comforting feeling of believing that something better comes after it then I am wary of your decision making. People that think there is no afterlife technically have nothing to lose, and that makes them complete wildcards. The world is essentially their playground, and the more freedom you give somebody the more likely they are to abuse it. You don't even have to really believe in God, you just have to trick yourself into thinking he exists so you have someone/something that stops you from acting on your own shitty volition all the time. The idea of God may be stupid, but it's crazy not to let yourself believe he exists. That's not just me talking, it's science.