The IQ differences, while statistically significant, are not stunning -- on the order of 6 to 11 points -- and **the data should not be used to stereotype or make assumptions about people**, experts say. But they show how certain patterns of identifying with particular ideologies develop, and how some people's behaviors come to be.

"I can safely say, my IQ is better than 3 standard deviations above average," said one of the geek candidates on Ashton Kutcher's

Beauty and the Geek.

From reading the comments above I'm the only one who gets his joke.

Which is? He was simply stating the definition of an IQ of 130.

100 IQ is not a quantity of something you have. You do not

*have* an IQ. IQ is where you are in the population that was tested. 100 IQ is not only average it is the

*designation* of average.

There are 5 correct definitions of "average". That makes it a colloquial term unacceptably murky in statistics. In the above text I meant the arithmetic mean. Since intelligence is

*normally distributed*[1] the median and the mean will be the same.

Having tabulated a

*population*[2] we can calculate the

*standard deviation*[3].

The same decision to call the mean IQ 100 included a decision to call the standard deviation 10.

A concrete fact to understand this is that 68% of the population have IQs from 90 to 110 because in a normal distribution

[4] the standard deviations next to the mean take in 34%.

The researcher's research sounds to me like a waste. People who go to college have been filtered for higher IQ. They wouldn't have been admitted. In college they get, for instance, the details of geology and the vast number of known things about it for which creation has no explanation. They will learn the claims of other religions. It is well known that makes some percentage of college students into atheists.

We have had a number of fanatical believers who have dedicated fine intelligence into detailed apologetics. You can be warped and intelligent.

[wiki]Standard_deviation[/wiki]

[wiki]Normal_distribution[/wiki]

(I had a couple semesters of statistics in college. Can't say I'm good at it but I know what I know.)