Test the Nation: IQ – Atheists vs. Believers vs. Nerds (Results)

The CBC held its second national IQ test on Sunday.  To make it interesting, they had six teams: twins, nerds, politicians, contact sport athletes, believers and atheists.  The audience could play along either on paper or online.

I took the test online.  It asks a bunch of demographic information at the start like age, gender, shoe size, political affiliation, and religious leanings.

Before the show I was predicting that the nerds would do well.  Better than even the atheists.  After all many skeptics would certainly qualify as nerds.

How did it turn out?  The in-studio teams, the atheists beat the believers, but amusingly the politicians beat both the atheists and believers.  The nerds of course had beat everyone.  This is fun but not necessarily statistically significant and there wasn’t a huge difference between the groups.

In the results from the online tests.  The atheists scored higher than the believers, but the agnostics scored even higher.

Religion
choice Total Respondents Lowest Score Highest Score Average Score Average IQ
Religious 6182 0.0 50.0 31.21 111.48
Agnostic 3955 0.0 50.0 33.4 115.37
Atheist 3584 0.0 50.0 33.41 114.26
Other 4544 0.0 50.0 30.62 109.87

How did the Nerds do?  That is a self described group and the CBC did not explicitly ask are you a nerd. They did ask a question that is a good proxy.  What do you read and the science fiction/fantasy readers scored higher than any of the other categories.

Reading
choice Total Respondents Lowest Score Highest Score Average Score Average IQ
Non-fiction 5105 0.0 50.0 31.72 112.5
Fiction 7270 0.0 50.0 32.02 113.05
Literature 1124 0.0 50.0 32.86 114.04
Horror 368 0.0 50.0 29.36 105.96
Romance 450 10.0 50.0 29.85 106.89
Science Fiction/Fantasy 1464 11.0 50.0 34.24 115.38
Crime/Detective 862 0.0 50.0 32 112.69
Comedy 281 13.0 50.0 31.49 109.24
Any other Genres 249 0.0 50.0 29.71 107.17
I don’t like to read 1092 0.0 49.0 31.25 109.27

There are a lot of other cool things in the statistics.  I find the total respondents on the religion question amazing.  There are 6182 religious people vs 3584 atheists and 3955 agnostics.  This is a much higher ratio than almost any other estimate of the percentage of atheists and agnostics in the general population.

Of course this is a self selected sample that desires to take an IQ test and not the country wide census.  The census does seem a tad low, but it asks a somewhat different questions.

There are other fun things in the results.  Such as the bigger the shoe size the higher the IQ.  You know what they say big feet, big hands-big brain.

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4 Responses to “Test the Nation: IQ – Atheists vs. Believers vs. Nerds (Results)”

  1. Daniel J. Andrews Says:

    Bonus! Size 12 feet! Oh yeah!! I knew it correlated with something. 🙂

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