May 26, 2006

Religion is stupid

Now backed up by numbers. There is a strong negitive corolation between Religiosity and intelegence, and between Religiosity and wealth.


Blogger Travis said...

Ya "religion is stupid" I am not a fan of it at all, but I am a fan of relationships. Religion does breed a lack of intelegence. relationships are truly what its all about. It is important to distinguish between Religiocity and church. the reason I say that is that there are alot of people that attend a church are truly after the face of God and could give a rats "" about religion. religion says that its all about "me" when in reality its all about God.

6:38 pm  
Blogger tomdg said...

Another statistical comment here. By looking at IQs at a national level, you've controlled out the native intelligence component completely, so that what the IQ figures are actually examining is purely the cultural / educational bias inherent in any test of IQ or anything else. So the data say something about culture in different countries but nothing about individual people.

What would actually be relevant would be to look at the correlation on an individual level within a given area (ideally within a single country or even smaller area, so that you could control out the cultural influence). I suspect you'd find the results somewhat different. My experience of church in the UK is that on average Christians are wealthier and better educated (which probably correlates with intelligence) than the norm, but I don't think this is for any inherent reason, it's just a facet of the way the Church of England has presented the faith, and perhaps the small sample of churches I've actually been involved with.

The C of E has often been described as "the conservative party at prayer" - the implication being that it is predominantly the church of the wealthy classes. Which is ironic since the basic teaching of Christianity is inherently more appealing to the poor (camel, eye of a needle and all that).

Looking at the last 100 years or so in the UK, there's very good evidence that material prosperity leads to a neglect of spirituality and vice-versa. It's easy to see why, too: the most stuff you have now, the less easier it is to forget that this is only temporary (or as you'd no doubt put it, the less need you have for the compensation of an afterlife).

So maybe that's what's really going on behind your figures. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.

9:45 am  
Blogger chris said...

or as you'd no doubt put it, the less need you have for the compensation of an afterlife


2:50 pm  

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