Monday, January 31, 2005

Smart People Don't Buy Jesus

Religion & IQ

Here’s an interesting webpage
(found via a link from Fredrick , in the comment section off s.z.’s World’O’Crap )

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.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad you liked my comment and my blog. My name has an e in the middle, though (Frederick).

My view is that the smarter you are, the more likely you are to question religion. Most people in this country are raised to believe in the invisible guy in the sky. (I wasn't, luckily for me.) Morons can simply accept that, and all the rest of whatever religion they're raised in, as true. Smart people tend to think about things instead of blindly accepting them, so the smarter you are, the more likely you are to at least consider seriously the possibility that religion is just a giant hoax.