Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Put On Your Running Shoes
Cue the religious mobs of anti-elitists!
Stupid people are more likely than eggheads to believe in God, a controversial new study claims.Prof. Richard Lynn, a retired academic at the University of Ulster, in a study published in the journal Intelligence, compared religious belief and average national IQs in 137 countries.
... [A] British psychologist says he has found a link between having a high IQ and being an atheist.
The discovery helps explain why university academics are less likely to be religious than almost anyone else, he says.
Prof. Lynn found that in only 17 per cent of countries did the proportion of people who believe in God fall below 80 per cent.Needless to say, there is some dissent:
'These are virtually all the higher IQ countries,' he said. ...
Countries with a lower national IQ tended to have the most believers.
Prof. Gordon Lynch of Birkbeck College, London, said the study had failed to take into account complicated economic, historical and social factors that explained different IQ and 'faith' levels in countries.Not to mention anomalous results:
'Linking religious belief and intelligence in this way could reflect a dangerous trend, developing a simplistic characterisation of religion as primitive,' he said.
One of the few exceptions was America - a high IQ country where only 10 per cent of people don't believe in God.Frankly, I don't buy it!
Who can believe America is a high IQ country? ... especially after the last eight years!
Yeah. It is supposed to be some sort of average but I thought the whole thing sounded questionable at best and serious woo at worst. I just liked it for its comedy value.
Around here, we describe those as "Presidents."