Is There a Correlation Between Religious Belief and Lower IQ?
There is a large body of evidence to support this. So, it is apparently a fact that atheists are smarter than religious people in general. We have to add the words “in general” to showcase that there may be isolated cases where a religious person here or there is smarter than an atheist here or there. But, this is not the case across the whole spectrum of people. Here’s one such paper that did an experiment.
Are Religious People Really, On Average, Less Smart than Atheists?
A new study addresses whether religiousity is associated with lower intelligence. Researchers report religious people…
Now, there are some people in smart professions who are religious. But, most people in smart professions are atheists and agnostics. This leaves the unskilled laborers being where the vast majority of religious people are.
Now, my goal with all of these essays I am writing on Medium is to attempt to buck the trend of religious percent increases over time. If I can bring a few people over to atheism (and hopefully a lot more than a few), then the chances increase that this trend will be broken.
So, we come now to the crux of the issue — can a person’s IQ be increased? That is a definite yes. Why do I say this? I say this because of several things. One was I knew this unskilled laborer a long time ago. He wound up getting a Master’s degree in education or something like that. He had taken an IQ test years before and only scored average intelligence around 100. But, after he got his degree, which required him to take and pass quite a few math and writing classes, he scored genius level IQ. He explained to me that his learning actually made him smarter.
Another thing I will say is that IQ tests are mostly based on math skills and vocabulary skills with some critical thinking involved. When a person learns more math, they are climbing the IQ ranks on that portion of the test. When a person takes English classes, they learn how to read and write at a higher level — a college level. They must develop their word mastery and concept mastery by studying literature.