Friday, March 5, 2010

Mormons have higher I.Q than average

As I noted, there is a discussion regarding if atheists are smarter than people from other religions. From the NLY97 I have now included how people with different religions score on aptitude tests, often used by researchers as a proxy for I.Q.

(Of course these are just test score, neither I nor anyone else can guarantee that they are not biased for any religion. Take them for what they are worth.)


It is well known that Jewish people score very high in I.Q tests. What is less well known is that Episcopalians also get astronomical I.Q scors.

Note again that new age types with "personal philosophies" rather than pure atheism are not smarter than average.

The most important thing I note is that Mormons are smarter than average. If you are going to go around saying that atheists are smarter than average, you should know that the same tests show Mormons to be smarter than average as well.

Mormonism is not just a religion. It is a cohesive and self-replicating cultural identity, with strong positive effects on behavior and outcome for its members.

24 comments:

  1. People seem to know so little about the LDS faith. Therefore there exist many misconceptions and unfounded biases.

    People familiar with real LDS society know better. Most of these views/fears about Mormons originate within the more fundamentalist Evangelical groups. Now that there are more Mormons in the US than Jews, and the Mormon population is growing at a rapid pace, we will start to understand the Mormon faith, culture and identity.

    You are right about it being a bonafide cultural identity, I would almost say it is rather like a burgeoning ethnicity at present. Every feature of the Jewish faith can be found in Mormonism, including a nation (a state within the state)with a capital city. No other faith in the US has quite the same dynamic.

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  2. Study shows that leftist atheists have above average intelligence. This is clearly proof of a sinister (no pun intended) invisible power structure and a legacy of historical sins. First, massive government intervention is called for in order to equalize intelligences. Next, leftist atheists should be forced to pay reparations for all the harm done by their ancestors (e.g. fascism, national socialism, communism).

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  3. Either there is an enormous number of Baptists, all respondents are from Lake Wobegon or there is something wrong with these numbers. Most people cannot be above the mean for the group.

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  4. bernie:

    That is not the entire list of religions in the U.S. There are other religions, and there are people who do not report their religious affiliation.

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  5. Tino:
    I understand but No religion is a category and I cannot think of any major category that is missing from this list.

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  6. Bernie: I don't see Islam on the list.

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  7. Question: When IQ scores are calibrated so that the standard deviation in the total population is 10 points, why does everyone keep making such a big deal out of a 5 point difference? How could it ever be statistically significant?

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  8. @Watson

    It makes a difference away from the middle of the distribution(s). How many have an IQ > 130 in a population with an average of 105 vs 100, for example.

    (Btw the standard deviation in IQ-numbers is usually 15, not 10.)

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  9. Dude you don't have tenure yet. I'm just saying be careful about writing about IQ because the universities are ran by the Leftists.

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  10. So I guess Ambrose Bierce was off base with his definition in The Devil's Dictionary:

    Mormon n. A common misspelling.

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  11. Hi idiots:

    Does God say to believe whatever u gullible mormies? See what simpletons u are? Mormon Morons: ATHEISTS DOMINATE THE MAINSTREAM SCIENCE COMMUNITY, AND THE BIBLE MAKES IT CLEAR ATHEISTS ARE AND IMMORAL, SO BIG SURPRISE THEY ARE NEAR THE TOP U SIMPLETON GULLIBLE WHITE MAN WORSHIPERS.

    AND BRISTOL, WHAT A MORON. I'LL ANSWER U NEXT SPECIFICALLY.

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  12. tol

    "People seem to know so little about the LDS faith. Therefore there exist many miscmonceptions and unfounded biases."

    Low IQ Mormon: that made no sense. I'll explain why 4 u: PEOPLE, IN THE CONTEXT YOU USED IT IN, WOULD BE "EVERYONE", INCLUDING MORMONS. So according to your idiot self, even Joseph the Liar Smith who invented your stupid religion misunderstood it. BE SPECIFIC MORON, DON'T INCLUDE ME AND OTHERS WHO AREN'T IDIOTS LIKE YOU.

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  13. @Bristol

    "People seem to know so little about the LDS faith. Therefore there exist many miscmonceptions and unfounded biases."

    Low IQ Mormon: that made no sense. I'll explain why 4 u: PEOPLE, IN THE CONTEXT YOU USED IT IN, WOULD BE "EVERYONE", INCLUDING MORMONS. So according to your idiot self, even Joseph the Liar Smith who invented your stupid religion misunderstood it. BE SPECIFIC MORON, DON'T INCLUDE ME AND OTHERS WHO AREN'T IDIOTS LIKE YOU.

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  14. @Bristol

    You made another mistake: According to your stupid reasoning LACK OF KNOWLEDGE CAUSES MISTAKES. HOW SO STUPID? WHAT'S THE CONNECTION IDIOT? DOH! MORON LACK OF KNOWLEDGE DOESN'T CAUSE ANYTHING MORON, IT'S THE HEART THAT DRIVES A PERSON. AND HOW CAN A MORON, I MEAN MORMON, NOT KNOW THAT, OH "JUST FEEL THE SPECIAL ELECTRICITY OR WHATEVER, OR LIKE HEAT OR FREEZY FEELING N' U'LL NO DAH TRUTH, PROMIZE, HEEE HEEE, JUST BELIEVE US OR ULL GO TO HELL, WHICH IS LIKE NOT GETTING UR FAVORITE ICECREAM, HEE HEE." Idiots. You made another mistake: you're being deceptive by implying that misconceptions ONLY exist due problems OTHER THAN FROM MORMONS. WHY SO MR. HIGH IQ MORMON? MAYBE CUZ YOU'RE A BRAINWASHED GULLIBLE SIMPLETON MORON? OBVIOUSLY.

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  15. @Bristol

    "People familiar with real LDS society know better."

    Cuz u said so, and whatever the idiot says is true is true cuz he said so. Wow, ur an idiot.

    "Most of these views/fears about Mormons originate within the more fundamentalist Evangelical groups."

    CUZ THEY ARE MORE FAMILIAR WITH YOUR CULT THEN PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CHRISTIAN AND THEREFORE WOULD HAVE NO INTEREST IN COPY CAT MORON GROUPS LIKE YOURS, YA MORON. Damn your logic is backwards aint it?

    "Now that there are more Mormons in the US than Jews, and the Mormon population is growing at a rapid pace, we will start to understand the Mormon faith, culture and identity."

    Who is "we" you idiot? So Mormons don't understand themselves, you mean you meant what you said? "Miscomceptions" indeed ya moron.

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  16. @Bristol

    "You are right about it being a bonafide cultural identity,"

    Uh, moron: what matters is the truth, not the traditions of the pharisees and not bonerfried cultural blah. Sinful idiot.

    "I would almost say it is rather like a burgeoning ethnicity at present."

    Yeah, with names like Dingleberry, Nibums, Niblety, Boobums, Orley, Pratt, Ether, King Noah, Mormi, Macaroni, Blimbleberry, and other inbred names, for sure. But what the hell is burgeoning and who gives a shit? Moron: using "big" words doesn't make u right or smart, get a clue already pretender.

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  17. @Bristol

    "Every feature of the Jewish faith can be found in Mormonism,"

    Yeah: copying can do that. Sadly, Mormons only copy in lips, and can't even get their copying straight. You idiots don't obey Moses: You're missionaries lie ALL THE TIME. And one can deny, because not only are you're salescrap techniques routine, but I record you idiots and catch you making LIES about your religion all the time. LIARS. Why? Because you morons know how absurd your religion is, and so FEEL you must lie, RATHER THAN SIMPLY LEAVE THE CULT AND TELL THE TRUTH. WEAK AND COWARDLY.

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  18. @Bristol

    "including a nation (a state within the state)with a capital city."

    Hey braggart: Does the Bible say to brag about being copycats and a blah within a blah? No idiot: it says to boast in knowing and understanding the Lord, and TO TAKE PRIDE IN OBEYING HIM, PRIDEFUL BOASTING MORON.

    And moron: ever heard of Roman Catholic? They have their own country you fool.

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  19. @Bristol

    "No other faith in the US has quite the same dynamic."

    What does that mean narcissist retard? So saying "dynamic" makes you right and smart you idiot brain? Immature moron? Fake? Pretentious idiot? Do you know what pretentious means idiot? And stupid Mor-mon: Again: what matters is knowing and understanding God and obeying him, fool, not "eee hehehhee not quite the same dynamic". What a gay. Sickening prideful snake.

    No excuse for your unfounded biases: your punishment will be severe in Hell unless you repent from the heart.

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  20. ww w.eternallife. t k

    NO EXCUSE!

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  21. AND MORONS: YOU MORMON MORONS SHOWED YOU ACCEPT THE WORLD AS JUDGES OF YOUR VERBAL AND MATH SKILLS YOU MASSIVE IDIOTS. "OOO DON'T JUDGE US JUDGE BAD BAD, BUT OH U SAY WE HAVE HIGH BRAIN, OH DOH OKAY WE ACTEPT JUDGMENT, MEE HEHEHEHEHE, WEEEEEE." Idiots.

    IT DOESN'T MEASURE RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OR LOGIIIICCCC, LOGIC, LOGIC, LOGIC YYOU ULTRA ILLOGICAL MORONS. GOD MORMONS ARE STUPID. MAN, SPEAKING OF MICOMPTEPTHUNS, AND UNFOUNDED BIATHESIS: WHY DON'T YOU LEARN WHAT "IQ" IS AND WHAT THE STUDY WAS ON FIRST YOU FAGS? DUMB MORMON FAGS? MORMON FAGS MUCH? FALL FOR FLATTERY QUICK AND EASY MUCH YOU GULLIBLE IDIOTS? UGH! Sickening!!!!!!!!!

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  22. The difference between "us" and "them" is not intellect. The difference is fear and courage. If only we have to be fearless in doing what is due and what is right, then we could also be as intellectual as them, right?
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  23. IQ was designed to test intelligence, but does not represent your knowledge base. Knowledge is already the combination of emotional IQ and understanding.

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  24. What are the sources and methodologies for this survey? What is the corresponding standard deviation for each mean? What is the F value for the survey? Without these information, this table could be mathematically fictional.

    Here is a link to another survey comparing income, education and intelligence levels among major religious groups with a totally different result: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2010/09/mormons-are-average/

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