This is no coincidence — these things are interconnected. “People who are more religious score worse on varying measures of intelligence…. The three psychologists [(Miron Zuckerman and Jordan Silberman of the University of Rochester and Judith Hall of Northeastern University)] have defined intelligence as the “ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly, and learn from experience…. Among the thousands of people involved in these studies, the authors found that gender or education made no difference to the correlation between religiosity and intelligence; however, age mattered. The negative correlation between religiosity and intelligence was found to be the weakest among the pre-college population. That may be because of the uniqueness of the college experience, where most teenagers leave home for the first time, get exposed to new ideas, and are given a higher degree of freedom to act on them. Instead, in pre-college years, religious beliefs may largely reflect those of the family.” I would like to point out that such critical thinking does not occur when people attend “faith-based colleges.”