P.Z.Myers rightly takes on Richard Lynn here:
“Why should fewer academics believe in God than the general population? I believe it is simply a matter of the IQ,” Lynn told the Times Higher Education magazine. “Academics have higher IQs than the general population. Several Gallup poll studies of the general population have shown that those with higher IQs tend not to believe in God.”
It must be said, however, that many atheists in the ‘New Atheist’ movement, plus Dawkins fans, tend to imply this, if only by the detection of ‘smirks’ during debate.
So making the issue explicit shows how wrong it is. Clearly there is a correlation, not very significant, between sociological/educational/institutional factors and atheist believes. But just at this point we have the obvious influence, and success, of the Darwin Propaganda machine in academic and other circles.
So Lynn’s statement seems to mean that those subject to Darwin propaganda are more intelligent!!!
This is the sad irony of the current Darwin debate: the meritocracy is being dumbed down by Darwinism, and the resulting baton is passed to those ‘unintelligent’ followers of religion who must carry one side of the debate.