Friday, November 7, 2014

Intelligence, Religion, and Fertility

Various correlations.

With respect to my arguments here, I cite the following:

Religion and fertility positively correlated.


Religion and intelligence negatively correlated.


And, of course, the well known negative correlation between intelligence and fertility.

Critics can claim that these findings are cherry picked and/or that correlation does not imply causation. With respect to cherry picking, all I can say at this point is that virtually every study of which I am aware agrees that religion is positively correlated with fertility and negatively correlated with intelligence, and that fertility and intelligence are also negatively correlated.  I am unaware of any studies that assert the opposite. Arguments about correlation and causation can also be used against the alleged benefits of religiosity; at this point, in the absence of definitive psychometric (and other) data demonstrating causation, all we have is correlation.