posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 10:18 PM
OK, haven't got round to reading the study yet, but I posted this in reply to a U2U:
Yeah, saw that today. The dude who's the author (Lynn) is a bit of a stinker, and has published similar IQ papers on race and gender, amongst others.
I'm not a big fan of IQ test = Intelligence, tbh. It just tests ability on IQ tests, heh. I won't go too far into it, but there are a few studies
showing some relationship between atheism/belief and various measures of 'intelligence' and education. More a case that people with higher education
tend towards atheism and agnosticism than causality (atheism>intelligence), I feel.
The problem is that there is without doubt a massive overlap between the groups and, I'll be blunt, stupid atheists will be much less intelligent
than the many intelligent theists (and in my experience there are enough of both of these; e.g., check out the rational responders website, heh).
Moreover, these sort of things are always confounded by socio-economic and cultural factors, so I wouldn't get too excited (e.g., more money> better
education>more likely to be non-theist?). Then we have certain religious denominations who are pretty much negative on higher education (i.e. view
most universities as hotbeds of liberal atheists - perhaps they are, heh).
So a simplistic interpretation is not the order of the day for such studies, IMHO. Same goes for comparable race and gender studies.
I'll add this though. If the study is reliable, what the correlation suggests is one of (i'm accepting that IQ=intelligence here - another
1. a to b: Non-belief leads to higher intelligence
2. b to a: Higher Intelligence leads to non-belief
3. c (which may also include d, e, f, g, h) to b & a: unknown factor(s) lead to intelligence and non-belief.
Take ya pick.
[edit on 12-6-2008 by melatonin]