Is there any correlation, positive or negative between being intelligent and the tendency to be religious? Of 43 studies carried out since 1927 on the relationship between religious beliefs and one's intelligence or educational level, all but four found an inverse connection, that is the higher's one's intelligence or educational level, the less one is likely to be religious.

There is in fact a grotesque mismatch between the American intelligentsia and the American electorate. A philosophical opinion about the nature of the universe which is held by the vast majority of top American scientists and probably the majority of the intelligentsia generally, is so abhorent to the American electorate that no candidate for popular election dare affirm it in public.

If this is correct, this means high office in the greatest country in the world is barred to the very best people qualified to hold it, the intelligentsia, unless they are prepared to lie about their beliefs.

To put it bluntly, American political opportunities are heavily loaded against those who are simultaneously intelligent and honest.

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