John Mill wrote: sinfiery wrote: John Mill wrote:
sinfiery wrote:I would be shocked if it was proportional to society in general.
Why is that?
Basic assumptions being greater IQ than average for society = less likely to be religious
Second assumption being greater IQ than average for society = more likely to be in law school
And that's about it
Neither of those assumptions are true, and the first one is actually fairly stupid
0 desire to read your guys' back-and-forth, but a simple Google search provides:
In 2008, intelligence researcher Helmuth Nyborg examined whether IQ relates to denomination and income, using representative data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, which includes intelligence tests on a representative selection of white American youth, where they have also replied to questions about religious belief. His results, published in the scientific journal Intelligence, demonstrated that Atheists scored an average of 1.95 IQ points higher than Agnostics, 3.82 points higher than Liberal persuasions, and 5.89 IQ points higher than Dogmatic persuasions.
Nyborg also co-authored a study with Richard Lynn, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Ulster, which compared religious belief and average national IQs in 137 countries. The study analysed the issue from several viewpoints. Firstly, using data from a U.S. study of 6,825 adolescents, the authors found that atheists scored 6 IQ points higher than non atheists.
Secondly, the authors investigated the link between religiosity and intelligence on a country level. Among the sample of 137 countries, only 23 (17%) had more than 20% of atheists, which constituted “virtually all... higher IQ countries.” The authors reported a correlation of 0.60 between atheism rates and level of intelligence, which was determined to be “highly statistically significant”.
A study published in Social Psychology Quarterly in March 2010 also stated that "atheism ...correlate[s] with higher intelligence"
And just to be clear, I don't care about what religion someone is or think that one persuasion is "better" than the other. I'm just pointing out that your assertion that the original comment was stupid is wrong.