The new first year class from the program next door has about 15 frumgirl participants out of a class of 30. A record number. It is also the highest grade-achieving year in the history of the program, or so says the program chair.
Coincidence? They think not.
In my own class, the two smartest students are the Chassidish guy and the frummest Muslim. The only psuedo-logical conclusion one can draw from this is that religious fanaticism makes you smart.
That’s actually a great kiruv ad: Boost Your IQ! Become Frum!
Seriously, though, is there any real link between Frumkeit/level of religious observance and IQ?
Statistically, they say the Jewish people have a higher average IQ than the standard US population. (According to Wiki: the epitome of reliability,…but check out trhe sources they list on the bottom). The studies that say this, though, prove to be inconclusive at a closer glance.
They say that 28% of Nobel prize awardees for science and math were Jewish. What is that supposed to indicate? That Jewish people are more likely to doggedly stick to somethign difficult? That Jewish people have a greater capability to do so? Have greater capabilities, in general? It’s all just conjecture in the end.
So why are we so sure that we’re smarter than everyone else?
Eureka! …perhaps it’s the beards!