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Old 03-17-2009, 11:53 AM   #55
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Originally Posted by GarfieldJL View Post
And what's to say the other tests weren't deliberately geared to make Religious people look bad, or the test had to do with an area that the Atheist had specialized studies in.
Originally Posted by Astor Kaine View Post
By the same token, what's to say they were?
Anyone with access to the data sets (ASVAB test scores and the correlating demographics) and an Excel spreadsheet. The test scores are empirical, meaning they are hard scores. The demographics are self reported at the time the tests were administered. ASVABS are administered in just about every public high school in the United States sponsored by the Dept of Defense.
This is an extreme example but say we the Aetheist is in the medical field and the religious person is a Mechanical Engineer, and the test is on Human Anatomy, which do you think would do better on the exam?
That has no bearing on the study in question. The tests were standard ASVAB, designed to multiple areas of cognitive function not specific learned knowledge like engineering or anatomy.

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