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Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism

This is a real article. Nazis really do have a low IQ. Not like I've needed an article like this to let me know this. I've seen them around.
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"Are racists dumb? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes.

The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood.

I.Q., or intelligence quotient, is a score determined by standardized tests, but whether the tests truly reveal intelligence remains a topic of hot debate among psychologists.

Dr. Gordon Hodson, a professor of psychology at the university and the study's lead author, said the finding represented evidence of a vicious cycle: People of low intelligence gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, which stress resistance to change and, in turn, prejudice, he told LiveScience.

Why might less intelligent people be drawn to conservative ideologies? Because such ideologies feature "structure and order" that make it easier to comprehend a complicated world, Dodson said. "Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice," he added.

Dr. Brian Nosek, a University of Virginia psychologist, echoed those sentiments.

"Reality is complicated and messy," he told The Huffington Post in an email. "Ideologies get rid of the messiness and impose a simpler solution. So, it may not be surprising that people with less cognitive capacity will be attracted to simplifying ideologies."

But Nosek said less intelligent types might be attracted to liberal "simplifying ideologies" as well as conservative ones.

In any case, the study has taken the Internet by storm, with some outspoken liberals saying that it validates their suspicions about conservatives and conservatives arguing that the research has been misinterpreted.

What do you think? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent? Or is this just political opinion masquerading as science?"

here's visual proof 08.Oct.2012 08:07

Jody Paulson

Intelligence and Virtue are Not Valued by Society 04.Dec.2012 08:56

An Observer

If racism, bigotry, and conservatism are indicators of a low I.Q., we must ask why it is that racists, bigots, and conservatives are among the highest achievers in our society, and occupy high offices in the government of the USA and many other countries. How does an academic underachiever like George W. Bush become President of the world's dominant superpower, the USA?

Is it a fault or flaw of democracy that the average-intelligence masses cannot recognize a candidate of superior intelligence or superior virtue, so they always vote for a candidate of average intelligence at best?

It may be that a government or rule by leaders of superior intelligence and virtue may be nearly impossible to achieve, because the average-intelligence masses will not recognize, support, or appreciate superior intelligence or virtue. The counsel of superior intelligence and virtue may always belong to a fringe group who the masses regard as heretics. Perhaps that's why the Eastern philosophies - Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and others - teach that the person of superior intellect and virtue is generally an outsider to society, and the achievement of superior intellect and virtue is for only an unappreciated few.