Originally Posted by carve
My conclusion: The people who say religion is necessary for people to be good, to help families stick together, to help form a strong, healthy, peaceful society etc. are not only wrong, but might even have it backwards.
Biggest surprise: That Utah wasn't higher on the religiousness list. Mormons, for all their ridiculous beliefs, seem to disproportionaltely practice the values they preach, and are the only major religion disproportionately under-represented in the prison population (with the non-religion of atheism being way, WAY under-represented)
Hell, when you've got three wives waiting on you hand and foot, what could you have to unhappy about?!
(That's a joke, before anyone gets offended)
I'm actually a little bit surprised IN isn't higher on the list. I think with some of these places with larger urban populations the numbers are probably very different depending on the area you're looking at.
I would expect that rural IN is at the extreme end of the scale, and the numbers are moderated to a degree by the cities, with reasonably large higher learning institutions.
It's also interesting to note that the crime numbers are very inverse to IQ. It's not a surprise, but the numbers confirm it very well.