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

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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.

    Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism
     
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    See, me and the Republicans can agree on some things.
     
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    it would seem that prejudice is only one part of a whole host of inarticulate and unreasoned thinking in dull people. if you cannot visualize the alternatives, or carry an idea through to possible conclusions then you just "go with what you know".

    based on the thesis of this paper, what prediction would we make on the attitudes of blacks towards homosexuality? how about black attitudes towards authoritarianism (eg, spanking)?

    in well socialized young adults of moderate to high intelligence there is a typical pattern of starting off with highly liberal thinking that slowly transforms into conservative thinking as the person ages, due to experience and reality showing the downside of wishful thinking.

    intelligent people often come to prejudicial conclusions not because of any ill will towards other groups but because of learning from experience and information.
     
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    yep racist are stupid
    [ame=http://youtu.be/UEqa90XpPw0]Dr. Kamau Kambon wants to kill all white people - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    I'm just surprised they needed a study.
     
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    I wonder if they studied the comments by the 'conservative' racists who post on this forum; lots of evidence suggesting this and other similar studies are spot on.
     
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    oh yawn
     
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    It's funny the way you morons pretend there's no liberal racism. :lol:
     
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    Here is a fine example to support the OP.
     
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