Yes, Biblical fundamentalists are not bright

By Razib Khan | January 19, 2010 11:34 pm

Tom Rees reports on an analysis of the GSS which point to the correlation between low verbal skills and a Biblical literalist outlook. Well, I’ve talked about this at length. Religion & IQ, Biblical literalism or low IQ: which came first?, Pentecostals are stupid? Unitarians are smart? and Educational levels & denomination. Poking around the GSS the powerful correlates of belief in the literal truth of the Bible (variable “BIBLE”) jump out at you.

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Comments (3)

  1. Chris Irwin Davis

    Thanks for the GSS link. I also noticed similar correlations between low education and:
    * belief that politicians know more about stem cell research than scientists do
    * dislike/mistrust of atheists.
    * belief that strict discipline will cure behavioral problems
    * belief that unions are important for job security
    * belief that astrology is scientific
    * disbelief of evolution/natural selection
    Argh!! GSS is a spare time vortex.

  2. John Emerson

    # Being married at any time (although getting a divorce helps repair the damage)
    # Having children

    Marriage seems to depend on compromises, which might be easier to make for people who think less clearly.
    Not mentioned: inarticulate geeky techie types.

  3. Chris Irwin Davis

    @John – How does it follow that compromise is easier for those who think less clearly?

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