Saturday, February 27, 2010

Them Liberal Atheists Is Smart

Surely my interest in addressing this finding flows, in part, from my total absence of bias on the subject matter:

Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. [emphasis mine]
Whatever. Although it is not true that all religious believers are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are religious believers (Cf.). I will add that stupid atheists are, in my experience, a rarity.

The sexual exclusivity part is an enticing little bit of whipped topping -- no doubt this has inspired redoubled efforts among right-wing think-tanks and blogs to find some way to discredit this research, since it cuts against the 'atheism degrades morality' line so cherished by those who waste their lives defending the local god's honor.

Again, whatever.

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