aciddose wrote:I'm not sure what the point of repeating yourself over and over in an argumentative manner is when hundreds of studies have been conducted in detail relating to this topic.
Regardless of the concrete cause, or more importantly without care for it as it is ultimately useless to anyone to worry about this (other than yourself, for whatever reason? Lack of an ability to distinguish abstract from concrete?) we know for a fact that high IQ correlates highly with academic achievement, and likewise negatively with religion and fertility.
You might say that it is not that intelligence decreases fertility, but that intelligence increases motivations which reduce fertility by moderation of the actions of an individual due to that individual's awareness of the consequences of ones action. Why does this matter though? This sort of thing is obvious. Did someone say "intelligence causes academic achievement" ? No.
Well, there has been hundred of studies correlating socioeconomic background and academic achievement too, which have concluded that intelligence is not a factor per se in predicting academic achievement, but that family background is.
Further has research on both learning styles and teachning styles showed correlation with academic achievement, also making the correlation between IQ and academic achievement weaker when testing these additional factors. A teacher taking into account that students may learn in different ways may as such strongly influence the future academic achievement of his students.
And there is even studies that show a positive correlation between religiosity and academic achievement. If high IQ is positively correlated with academic achievement but negatively correlated with religion, how does one explain these research findings? To me I have to take into account more factors to understand why.
And to take a personal example. A bus drive past my house each day, and as such is higly correlated with my house. But is the bus directly related to my house? I would have to guess with such little information. Instead I choose to study additional factors, like the fact that there is a way going past my house. If I remove the way, would there still be a correlation between the bus and my house? I find it unlikely, but it is still a guess from my side.
As long as I am aware of many factors that may affect a correlation between two variables, I can only guess upon a relationship between the two when presented with them alone. Without examining the research design, possible bias and all possible influencing factors, I am not able to say anything for sure.