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Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent: The origin of values and preferences is an unresolved theoretical question in behavioral and social sciences. The Savanna-IQ Interaction Hypothesis, derived from the Savanna Principle and a theory of the evolution of general intelligence, suggests that more intelligent individuals may be more likely to acquire and espouse evolutionarily…

Diary of an ex-Muslim

A friend of mine pointed me to an interesting weblog, Here in Glitner. From the “About” page: Reflections from my life as a Muslim, perspectives on Islam in my true life as a non-Muslim. I was a Muslim woman, a Muslim wife, a Muslim mother, a Muslim sister. I wore hijab, abstained from pork, obeyed…

From American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population: “Belonging” refers to people who self-identify as “X.” For example, someone who asserts that they are an atheist. “Belief” refers to the content of one’s avowed beliefs, as opposed to label. Someone who asserts that they “do not believe in God” is placed within the…

I watched this rather bizarre Kirk Cameron video today. He’s promoting a plan to distribute Origin of Species with what seems to be a scurrilous preface to college students. His argument is that college students need to know the truth about evolution. I don’t know how far he’ll get, but I suspect many people will…

More religious state, more teen births

Religiosity and teen birth rate in the United States: Increased religiosity in residents of states in the U.S. strongly predicted a higher teen birth rate, with r = 0.73 (p<0.0005). Religiosity correlated negatively with median household income, with r = -0.66, and income correlated negatively with teen birth rate, with r = -0.63. But the…

Over at Why Evolution Is True Greg Mayer wonders: I also recalled that the percentage of religiously unaffiliated had gone up noticeably from 1990 to 2008, and that another survey found the percentage was higher among young people. What could have happened so that younger people, growing up in the 90s and 00s, would be…

Your religion is false on MR

Tyler Cowen gives a positive review of Your Religion is False: In addition to its humor, I prefer the content of this book to the better-known “new atheist” tracts. Grus yields many of the strongest arguments. For instance the biographical and sociological correlates with belief (most people choose the religion they grew up with, or…

Scientists are godless liberals

Pew has a new survey out, Public Praises Science; Scientists Fault Public, Media. Lots of interesting facts, though most are not too surprising. Scientists accept evolution at a far greater rate, are less religious and more liberal, than the general public. This is all known. But the report is worth reading, there’s a lot of…

Our god the state

Tom Rees of Epiphenom has a new paper out, Is Personal Insecurity a Cause of Cross-National Differences in the Intensity of Religious Belief?. The abstract: Previous research has shown an apparent relationship between “societal health” and religiosity, with nations that exhibit higher mean personal religiosity also tending to provide worse social environments. A possible cause…

Late last year I reviewed a book by an American sociologist on Danish secularism. The book was titled Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment, and apparently its publication resulted in some controversy in Denmark, in large part due to perceived misrepresentation of the Danish populace by the author.…