All Blog Posts Tagged 'intelligence' (16)

Anyone ever check out the Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU)?

One of the smartest men in the world is Chris Langan apparently, and he developed this theory and wrote a book that is now on my reading list. Anyone on ThinkAtheist ever look into this work?

(By the way, please do not join this thread to argue about who the smartest person in the world is. If you want to discuss that, please just start another discussion.)

Anyway, here's an interview with Chris:…

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Added by Andy Hoke on June 2, 2014 at 9:24pm — 18 Comments

Intelligent Life

The significance of the "Copernican Revolution" is that as soon you embrace the Sun as a star, you are immediately faced with the possibility that when you look out into space, someone or something is looking back. Before Copernicus most people thought the Earth was pretty much the whole Universe so the idea of aliens on other planets really creeped them out. The Jesuits had enough trouble deciding whether or not Native Americans had souls, let alone ET. Did each planet…

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Added by Brad Snowder on May 17, 2014 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

who does the responsibility of proof fall to?

one big topic that comes up in theist vs atheist debates is who does the responsibility of proof fall to?

does it fall to the creationists to prove that god DOES exist?

Or

does it fall upon those who do believe that god does NOT exist?

AND, can you give your reason(s) why?

I personally think that it is the creationists responsibility to prove god's existance BECAUSE: throughout the entire history of science, science has only ever proven the existance of…

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Added by Lance Angus Miles on April 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — 25 Comments

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice

Date: 26 January 2012 Time: 10:29 AM ET

 

There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism…

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Added by Rob Klaers on April 21, 2012 at 2:58am — 3 Comments

Self-determinism: Manipulating events

The Internet is amazing. It hosts media of all kinds. Anybody can communicate with anybody. And you can find out anything you want to know. It's huge and complex but we don't need to understand how it works to know that it does. In the same way, we don't need to understand how the brain works to know that it does. Its electro-chemical machinations, while interesting, aren't necessary to understand in order to know that the brain deliberates. That's what it does.

Neuroscience can't yet…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 12, 2011 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

Dancing with Causality: Purposeful Steps

Dancing with Causality: Purposeful Steps

Free will, in the form of self-determinism, is only a big mystery if you allow your thinking to be governed by the centuries of philosophers who have never managed to figure it out. They've been arguing in circles because they've defined "free will" to fit their premises. This is because they…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 9, 2011 at 7:00am — 20 Comments

God is logically impossible

If God provided proof that he exists, then it would be logical to believe in him.  The absence of proof leaves only faith for belief.  You do not need faith if you have proof and vice versa.  By God’s own choice, he can only be known by faith.



But why have faith in this particular God?  If God won’t give us proof, what’s to stop us from believing in Allah or Zeus?  To have faith is to deny logic.  What alternative is there to logic?  How do we think?  Mindlessness is the absence…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 24, 2011 at 7:19pm — 37 Comments

Animal Intelligence: What defines it, and how do we recognize it?

   An article on bees and complex problem solving caught my attention today:  http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2010/10/bees-solve-complex-problems-faster-than-supercomputers.html It's one of several I've come across recently about animal intelligence and problem solving. The bees were able to solve an issue supercomputers have trouble with, and also recognize human…

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Added by Kirsten on July 1, 2011 at 2:24pm — 7 Comments

Self-determinism: Expressions of Causality

The problem with free will, as I see it, is that people have the wrong impression of what it means. Free will is not all it’s cracked up to be but there’s no doubt we have a modest form of it. I prefer to call it “self-determinism”. This self-determinism is empirically proven every time we conceive and execute a plan. I've found this is hard to explain because so many people assume that any free will must contradict causality and, thus, determinism. I claim that the only free… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on May 19, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Evolution is the greatest force in the material world

"Evolution is the greatest force in the material world" is said by Jeff Bridges in this newly leaked video. "Flynn Lives: The Next Day" is a TRON:Legacy epilogue for the Blu-Ray release, but it is perhaps also a teaser for TR3N.





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Added by Samuel H. Kenyon on March 13, 2011 at 1:46am — No Comments

Mental Feedback: The key to consciousness, intelligence, and free will.

Free will can be a very contentious topic. People can't seem to agree on what it means, exactly. Much of the difficulty arises from the use of the word, "free", in the term, "free will". To be truly free would require supernatural agency. We CAN'T act contrary to natural law, so we are constrained by nature.



Free will, therefor, exists in context of the most basic of natural laws: causality. Free will constrained by causality? To those who believe…
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Added by Atheist Exile on November 24, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Strong Correlation Between Religiosity and Intelligence

The article, copied below for your convenience, is from Wikipedia.



Religiosity and intelligence



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The topic of religiosity and…
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Added by Atheist Exile on April 20, 2010 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Statistics

These statistics do not show a direct correlation between lower I.Q and religion, nor do any of these sites, articles, and researchers say that being religious automatically implies that you are less intelligent than an atheist or agnostic. They simply show and attempt to explain worldwide data on religious trends as they relate to crime, poverty, illiteracy etc. This data is more relevant for the effects of religion than individual characteristics of religious people. If there…
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Added by kelltrill on February 18, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

hey every one look at this t-shirt

hey every one look at this t-shirt heres the link: your Brain



it's like… Continue

Added by phillipmac88 on October 9, 2009 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Atheism, Free Will and Scientific Paradigms

Atheism, free will and scientific paradigms

To me, free will is not absolute or limitless. Free will is constrained by physical laws, ethics, and circumstances.

There is evidence that thoughts arise from diverse modules within the brain. These diverse sources of thought, within the brain, are integrated somehow (i.e. in the brain’s electromagnetic field) and passed back for a decision. It’s the decision – yes, no, maybe, I don’t know, not yet, if…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 21, 2009 at 1:25am — 30 Comments

Why is this Atheist grumpy?

I wrote this on Facebook a few weeks ago. I intended there to be more added to it over time but I haven't gotten around to it yet...



Why is the Atheist Grumpy?



This atheist is grumpy for a couple of reasons.



Let me first establish something that I think many religious folk don't or perhaps refuse to understand about atheists. We are human beings, just like you. We have ears to hear what you say, we have eyes to see what you do, we have emotions that work the… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on April 11, 2009 at 7:10am — 2 Comments

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