A controversial figure, Professor Richard Lynn,Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Ulster University, stirred controversy when he said that the intellectual elite such as scientists in different fields were more likely to be atheists, and implied that religious people have lower IQs than non-religious intellectuals.
There are other studies that have been done in the same area, and all came to the same conclusion. People who rely more on intuition (gut feeling) than on reason suppress their logical mind. It is still there, but buried under perhaps decades of conditioning by parents, Christian peers, Christian school teachers, aunts and uncles, perhaps siblings. So it is buried so deep in the mind's past that we automatically disregard it as lies of Satan, and have long since come to rely on intuition and magical thinking.
Scientists are more and more saying that if, as Christians and Muslims claim, God intervenes within the physical universe, because it occurs in the physical universe, it would leave a measurable, and thus empirical evidence of some higher being or power. To this date no effects have been measured and observed that couldn't be explained in a purely natural way without recourse to God.
It is well known that atoms, those particles that occupy no space and can't even be seen except by the very  most powerful electron microscopes leave trails and patterns. In the same manner it seems that any intervention by some God within the confines of the universe would similarly leave observable, measurable traces that would defy the purely physical laws observed by science. And a case for the existence of a God would be strengthened if such supposed suspensions of the laws of physics happened on a more than merely rare basis.
Christians, Muslims, and orthodox Jews have a fundamental misunderstanding of the laws of physics and evolution by natural selection

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Comment by Anthony Jordan on April 5, 2013 at 9:28am

Why would god want to remain hidden unless he definitely wants the vast majority of people to be damned ? Does that explain his wanting to be sneaky ? What does God have to fear ? He's all powerful. Does all his power reside in unfounded, blind faith ? Does he suddenly lose his omnipotence if his voice suddenly booms from one end of heaven to the other for all mankind to hear in their own language simultaneously, thus erasing all doubt as to his existence ? What if a man had a child, but never had direct contact with that child from the day of it's birth, but instead sent couriers carrying messages from the father, and nothing more other than messages, no money, no provisions ? How long would it be before this child would begin to doubt the existence of the person claiming to be his father ? And does God's hiddenness excuse him from not healing amputees and other desperately ill people ? If God made his existence clearly known to all the world in a definite manner it wouldn't lead to a loss of faith, it would add to it knowledge, and give to newly believing scientists a whole new field of study.

Comment by Michael Penn on April 5, 2013 at 7:55am

Anthony, you comment to Laura is very well said.

Comment by Luara on April 5, 2013 at 6:51am

Alright, but all that doesn't exclude a truly sneaky God who doesn't want to be revealed by scientific experiment, only manifesting in believers' personal lives when there's no possibility of verifying any supernatural effect. 

Comment by Anthony Jordan on April 4, 2013 at 8:30pm

Actually Laura, the attributes of omniscience and omnipotence are self-contradictory and incompatible. If God is omniscient and knows perfectly and entirely all his future decisions then he does not possess the omnipotence to change his future mind. This also raises the question of whether God, if he existed, would have free will, since he is not free to change what has already been certainly and perfectly foreseen.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2013 at 8:27pm

A god that remains hidden, that refuses to make a direct difference in our lives -- I'm not talking about the effects of belief, or the actions of believers -- wouldn't be worthy of recognition, much less prayer or worship. Such a being might as well not exist, as far as we're concerned.

"I don't need to be absolutely certain there is no God to be an atheist, I just have to be reasonably certain that when people pray that I get hit by lightning, they're really just talking to themselves." (Jim Huber)

Comment by Luara on April 4, 2013 at 8:04pm

However, the scientific method is suited to studying things that don't know they're being studied and don't have an stake in the results of the experiment. 

With people, experiments use placebos and blinds, which wouldn't work with an omniscient being!You can't rule out the possibility that God might decide to pretend they don't exist, for the purposes of the experiment. 

For example, those experiments where prayed-for people don't get better any faster than unprayed-for, are vulnerable to that objection.  Maybe God doesn't want people to have scientific evidence that prayer works, for God's own inscrutable reasons. 

Maybe God was going around creating miracles in ancient times because back then people couldn't prove God's existence, from the miracle - and quit doing it, when we became better able to record miracles. 

It would be extremely hard - impossible, I think - to disprove the existence of an omniscient, omnipotent being that doesn't want you to be prove its existence!

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 4, 2013 at 7:26pm

Well stated Anthony.  I would not go so far as to say that atheists are smarter and theists are less smart - no proof of that and it's more likely much more complex.  But theists are barking up the wrong tree with their metaphysics.

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