Saturday, January 15, 2011

More than one-half of atheists are dumb

Richard Dawkins thinks atheists should be renamed "brights." The problem is that, according to the GSS, 56.8 percent of American atheists have IQs below 100. The percent for agnostics is 38.9. I'm sure that many of my readers won't believe it, so go to this website, type "god" in the column field and "IQ" in the row field, then hit the "Run the Table" button. Then just add up the column percentages.

But those of you who know there is a God, don't start getting cocky: 64.1 % of your comrades are stupid (IQ < 100).

9 comments:

mengbomin said...

Ok, by the methods you used:

Don't Believe: 56.8
No Way To Find Out: 38.9
Some Higher Power: 50.9
Believe Sometimes: 61.5
Believe But Doubts: 55.2
Know God Exists: 64.1

It looks like doubting is something more distributed toward the higher end of the scale in the WORDSUM test. It also looks like the very highest scorers are overrepresented among the first three categories and to a lesser extent, so is the fifth category.

Why is every number besides the agnostics above 50%? Because those with an IQ of 100 would be most likely to get a score that corresponds to 98 in their table.

Now, is "brights" a good term? No, I always thought it was tacky and really didn't have anything to do with the topic to which it was meant to pertain, which was the existence of supernatural beings.

Regardless, intelligence only serves as a weak heuristic for the truth value of an idea. Even if it were the case that all believers (or non-believers for that matter) were morons, it would not make them wrong.

bgc said...

If high IQ is smart or clever, then maybe it would be more accurate to call low IQ either dull or dumb - stupid seems to have connotations of silliness to it; yet nowadays most clever/ smart people are politically correct.

Hence clever/ smarts are more often more deeply and intractably silly than are dull/ dumb people.

According to this scheme people could be:

dumb and silly = stupid,

dumb and wise = simple,

clever and silly = PC,

clever and wise = sagacious.

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Robert said...

Vituperation at its best: "We’re ecstatic to hear that George Tiller is finally in hell."

http://spiritwaterblood.com/2009/06/sunday-morning-coming-down/

Hail said...

It looks like only ~half of IQ-115-plus-ers answer "I know God exists". (vs. ~two-thirds of others).

This conflicts(?) with Inductivist's previous finding that Church attendance among whites and blacks skews upper-class today.

Hail said...

intelligence only serves as a weak heuristic for the truth value of an idea

Some centuries ago, the most intelligent people would have laughed at the stories of the simple sailors who claimed to see sea-monsters. It turns out the sailors were right: Whales, sharks, dolphis, giant-squids.

Intelligence often brings with it a self-defeating arrogance.

sykes.1 said...

Actually, 60% of the US population has an IQ less than 100. So, if belief in "God" is randomly distributed among people (null hypothesis), there isn't any pattern here.

Then there is the meaning of "God." A deist has a very different conception of "God" (indifferent) than does a theist (interventionist). Most discussions of religious belief ignore this assuming everyone is a theist. Theism itself also include benevolent and malevolent Gods, which further confuses the results.

Micha Elyi said...

Some centuries ago, the most intelligent people would have...-Hail

Who are you to tell the most intelligent people of centuries ago what they think?

Anonymous said...

Well, Richard Dawkins is an asshole any way you slice it. He might be a low-IQ holder, a high-IQ holder, an atheist, a pseudo-scientist. Whatever you want to label him, assholes come in all colors and stripes.