Atheists Are Smarter
following is the meaty middle from a much longer text by
Douglas Kenrick, borrowed from psychologytoday.com)
Satoshi Kanazawa has posted a couple
of blog entries, complete with graphs, suggesting
that people who say they are “not at all religious” have
about 6 IQ points on those who say they are “very
religious,” and that those who are “very liberal” have
an average of about 12 IQ points over those who are “very
How does that work? The argument is one that was advanced,
along with some supportive data, by my colleague Jason
Weeden (one of those overly educated types who has both
a law degree and a Ph.D. in social psychology. I’ll
leave it to you to guess what his political leanings are).
Here it is in a nutshell:
1. Smart people are more likely to go to college.
2. If you are going to get a college degree, it helps to
delay starting a family.
3. Smart people still have sexual drives.
4. If you don’t want to wait till you are in your
mid- to late- 20s to start having sex, but aren’t
ready to settle down, you have liberal attitudes about
sexual behavior, birth control, and abortion.
On the other side of the coin, if you are not going to
go to college, and you want to have a family early, you
don’t want a lot of promiscuous people running around – available
unattached sexually experimenting people disrupt monogamous
families. Early reproducing women don’t want those “loose
women” hanging around tempting their husbands, because
that means less resources for their children, and a possible
divorce. Early reproducing men don’t want promiscuous
men lurking around, because they want to be sure that those
children they’re supporting are their own.
In personal response to today's poll I've visited 22 of
the 50 United States. The Northeast and the deep Southeast
territories still beckon unsuccessfully.