London, Jun 12: Getting good grades, managing tasks well, having a questioning mind-- all make for an intelligent being and... an ATHEIST! According to new research, the litmus test for a higher IQ is your declining belief in God. Intelligent people are less likely to believe in God because they have questioning minds, researcher Richard Lynn said, adding many more members of the ''intellectual elite'' considered themselves atheists than the average population.
Professor Lynn had previously sparked controversy by asserting that intelligence varies with race, that women's IQs are lower than men's and that Germany is Europe's cleverest nation. His latest finding published in the journal Intelligence has been branded ''simplistic'' and ''anti-religious'' A survey of Royal Society fellows found that only 3.3 per cent believed in God - at a time when 68.5 per cent of the general UK population described themselves as believers.
The researcher said most primary school children believed in God, but as they entered adolescence - and their intelligence increased - many started to have doubts.
''Why should fewer academics believe in God than the general population? I believe it is a matter of the IQ,'' the Telegraph quoted him as saying.