Religion & IQ
Here’s an interesting webpage
(found via a link from Fredrick http://home.earthlink.net/~fsrhine/ , in the comment section off s.z.’s World’O’Crap http://blogs.salon.com/0002874/ )
It’s about whether smart people tend to be religious – and specifically whether smart people tend to be religious conservatives.
I reckon you can guess what the data shows.
But here’s the bit of data Fredrick cited that got me to go look at the study: the mean SAT scores for religious vs antireligious folk:
Mean SATs for strongly antireligious (1148), moderately anti-religious (1119), slightly antireligious (1108), and religious (1022).
The more religious a person is, the lower the mean SAT tends to be. Now why would that be? Are religious people just dumber? Or is there something about the religious worldview that hinders the development of critical thinking skills?
(Lots of other interesting stuff on that page, by the way. Go have a look. And go visit Fredrick's blog, which is also full of interesting stuff.)