Originally posted by divegeester
I'm quoting the article linked in the OP.
Obviously you didn't read it
You didn't quote it very well, they said nothing about religious women having lower IQ's in Finland. It was the next sentence where they said religious people tend to have lower IQ's in general, not referring just to women. You mashed the two statements together to match your own bias against women.
They also didn't say exactly how much lower the numbers were. My guess is they may have found some variation not statistically viable, say 2 IQ points lower and if it was 2 IQ points higher they both have the same significance, none.
My guess is when religious people get programmed by their religion, whatever that is, they tend to not think critically any more, thinking there are supernatural forces all around them and so inanimate objects could be thought of as having human attributes. That is part and parcel of what religions do, 'man was made in gods image' so we have a god with human attributes which a religion absolutely needs to be able to attract converts.
You can't have a god looking like a scorpian or whatever, it HAS to look like a man AND not a woman either, a MAN because apparently this god has to have a penis but they never explain why. Where is the female god so they can reproduce? Oh, there is no female god, this male god is a god all by itself. So why does it need to be male? So people can identify with it. That was how the people who designed this god needed it to be and so it is. So when people buy into all that, at least part of their critical thinking goes out the window.
Some kid gets super sick, is pronounced uncurable, but inexplicably gets well, all of a sudden it's a miracle.
Conveniently neglecting to remember the millions of other children tortured and murdered by various other religious or warring groups.
Why wasn't there a god to intervene with THOSE children? So that one in a million kids gets some attention from a god and all those others, all die?
Where is the critical thinking now?