A study asks: Are Atheists Genetically Damaged?



A study asks: Are Atheists Genetically Damaged?:

The headline from DISCOVER is misleading.. but the report is interesting..

I just came across a paper with an interesting title: The Mutant Says in His Heart, “There Is No God”.

The conclusions of this work are even more interesting. According to the authors, Edward Dutton et al., humans evolved to be religious and atheism is caused (in part) by mutational damage to our normal, religious DNA. Atheists, in other words, are genetic degenerates.

Despite the talk of mutations, there is no genetics in this paper. No atheist genomes were sequenced and found to be mutated. Rather, Dutton et al. claim (mostly on the basis of a review of previous literature) that atheists have elevated rates of proxy measures of genetic health or ‘mutational load’, namely ill-health, autism, and left-handedness. This, they say, is consistent with atheism being a manifestation of “increasing genetic mutation affecting the mind”.

The post goes on to describe that these links are unconvincing.. that  studies show that atheists are more intelligent, on average, than religious believers.. .

# # #

Leave a Reply