Hi all, just wanted to run with a dissertation idea and see where it takes me. Any advice would be great.
i don't know if you are aware of the recent furore in Northern Ireland concerning Creationism and the Ulster Museum. The Culture Minister, Nelson McCauseland, wrote to the Museum and basically demanded that ID and YEC were included along with the evolution exhibits. Long story short - I began to wonder why he believed these ideas, given that they are illogical and unreasonable. From this I decided on my dissertation idea but I don't know if it will pass ethics, as the subject matter could be percieved as controversial.
I propose that, in line with Piaget's Stage Theory, that those who accept ID and/or YEC have not reached the Formal Operational Stage. i will draw participants from the general student body. To begin, a questionnaire relating to religious/spiritual beliefs will be given. This will hopefully identify two groups for study and comparison, those who have these beliefs and those who don't.
Once I have my sample groups I will give tests of abstract reasoning/logic. My hypothesis will state that there will be a difference between the groups and that those who do not believe will have a better ability in the tests presented.
Note that at no stage am I asserting that there is a difference in IQ between the samples, merely a difference in the way the sample groups process information.
so to some questions:
1: will ethics shoot me down?
2: is the study worth conducting?
3: do you think my hypothesis will hold up?
4: I have searched, but can find no previous research relating to this hypothesis so if anyone knows of any please let me know.