So here we are at the New Year, and still celebrating Christmas right up to the Epiphany. Is that an intelligent thing to do?
Apparently not. At least according to retired Danish professor of psychology, Helmuth Nyborg. This is what he has to say:
“First, intelligent people have a brain based biological capacity for solving complex problems, and for acting rationally when confronted with fundamental questions about existence, human nature, underlying causes, or the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”. Second, unintelligent people lack this protection and are therefore unfairly ordained to live in a pre-rational world based on poorly validated evidence and little accumulated insight. They accordingly often find themselves in cognitively, emotionally, or morally challenging situations and have to use plan B, that is, to call upon easily comprehensible religious authoritative guidance and to submit more or less uncritically to culturally given stereotyped rituals. Frustration with their life may also make them seek redemption or faith in an after life.”
So now you know.
On the other hand you might like to take a look at Reflections on the The God Delusion. It’s as good a succinct commentary on Professor Dawkins as any I have read. You may feel that Professor Nyborg has missed a trick somewhere.