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The relation between IQ, Atheism and Religion

20 March 2013, 11:09

“ An man with experience is never at the mercy of man with a theory”

 “"Why should fewer academics believe in God than the general population? I believe it is simply a matter of the IQ. Academics have higher IQs than the general population," says Ulster University academic Richard Lynn.”

According to the article, this argument can be seen a four wheeled “bicycle”.

In the article one can see how Professor Lynne tries to argue away why United States is anomalous “in having an unusually low percentage of its population disbelieving in God (10.5 percent) for a high IQ country [98]. The major point in his argument is the influence of immigrants from countries with a low average IQ, moving to the USA, therefor affect the average of the USA.

We can check this theory. Canada has a similar history, and features average IQ 99, with 22 percent not believing in God. So twice as many Canadians don’t believe in God but exhibit no statistically significant reward in IQ. First wheel comes off…

Another point the author brings to the table is that the Czech Republic and Slovakia split on January 1, 1993. In 2008, the Czech republic clocked IQ 98, 61 % disbelieving in God, and Slovakia at IQ 96, with only 17 % disbelieving in God. The difference is obviously cultural. Second wheel  comes off flying fast

The second last wheel was the fact that Israel and Portugal -with very different culture and histories shared both an IQ of 95. However in Israel 15 %disbelieve and in Portugal only 4 %. When tripling or quadrupling the number of atheists did nothing for IQ when culture and history are different. Isn’t this just amazing? Another wheel goes off flying…

The final point the author raises is wherever the nations, where government either enforces or forbids religion or is known to be generally unrepresentative report lower average IQ. However the centralized thinking of authoritarian culture could well cause lower IQ. These countries have been dropped from the list below…

Countries by IQ and % not believing in God (Only top 11 here, but rest on the article)

•Singapore 108 13

•South Korea 106 30

•Japan 105 65

•Taiwan 105 24

•Italy 102 6

•Iceland 101 16

•Switzerland 101 17

•Austria 100 18

•Netherlands 100 42

•Norway 100 31

•United Kingdom 100 41.5

There is a reason we listed the top 11, and here it is…

“Note, for example, that four nations scored an even IQ 100. Arranged by level of atheism, they are:

·                     Netherlands 100 42

·                     United Kingdom 100 41.5

·                     Norway 100 31

·                     Austria 100 18

In other words, the level of atheism could range from 18 % up to 42 %, with the average IQ at 100. Maybe it’s time to turn that unicycle into a plant stand. There is no consistent relationship between religion and IQ.”

So looking at these results the level of atheism does not affect the average IQ of a country.

Now, the normal response here would be to launch a full on ad hominem attack on my person, by means of criticize my facebook page and photos and stating my qualifications are fake. These points are irrelevant to the results of the study. It is all about the statement made by atheists that religion make you stupid. Clearly this study refutes that idea.

Another thing that needs to be cleared out is that several atheists stated that although there is no relation to atheism and science directly, as one is a study field and the other a rejecting of another’s philosophical ideas, and being a philosophical view itself, studying science will eventually lead to atheism.

If this theory is correct then surely most of the people working in the field of science would be atheists. This in fact is more likely an argumentum ad populum.

There are several famous religious scientists

1.    Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543)

2.    Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1627)

3.    Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

4.    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

5.    Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

6.    Robert Boyle (1791-1867)

7.    Michael Faraday (1791-1867)

8.    Gregor Mendel (1822-1884)

9.    William Thomson Kelvin (1824-1907)

10. Max Planck (1858-1947)

Scientists also don't all have the same gender, race, sexual orientation or political ideology, much less religion or lack thereof. Whether or not a person is religious, with respect to their vocation as a scientist, is completely irrelevant. Just like sexual orientation, race and gender should be irrelevant to being a scientist. Reinforcing the scientist = atheist stereotype, whether you are for it or against it, necessarily excludes people. No one should be excluded from science if they want to do it, be excited about it or read about it”

“There are, moreover, a number of prominent openly religious scientists, such as Frances Collins, currently the head of the US National Institutes of Health; Gerhard Etrl who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry (2007) and William D Phillips who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997”

In the course of her research, Ecklund surveyed nearly 1,700 scientists and interviewed 275 of them. She finds that most of what we believe about the faith lives of elite scientists is wrong. Nearly 50 percent of them are religious. Many others are what she calls “spiritual entrepreneurs,” seeking creative ways to work with the tensions between science and faith outside the constraints of traditional religion…..only a small minority are actively hostile to religion. Ecklund reveals how scientists–believers and skeptics alike–are struggling to engage the increasing number of religious students in their classrooms and argues that many scientists are searching for “boundary pioneers” to cross the picket lines separating science and religion”

The last quoted piece say a relative small % of scientists are against religion…The rest know religion and science are two different things. It is time for atheists to wake up to that idea too.

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