Liberals and Atheists Smarter? Intelligent People Have Values Novel in Human Evolutio

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    Liberals and atheists smarter? Intelligent people have values novel in human evolutionary history, study finds

    ScienceDaily (Feb. 24, 2010)*— More intelligent people are statistically significantly more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history.* Specifically, liberalism and atheism, and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence, a new study finds.

    The study, published in the March 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal*Social Psychology Quarterly,*advances a new theory to explain why people form particular preferences and values.* The theory suggests that more intelligent people are more likely than less intelligent people to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values, but intelligence does not correlate with preferences and values that are old enough to have been shaped by evolution over millions of years."

    "Evolutionarily novel" preferences and values are those that humans are not biologically designed to have and our ancestors probably did not possess.* In contrast, those that our ancestors had for millions of years are "evolutionarily familiar."

    "General intelligence, the ability to think and reason, endowed our ancestors with advantages in solving evolutionarily novel problems for which they did not have innate solutions," says Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science.* "As a result, more intelligent people are more likely to recognize and understand such novel entities and situations than less intelligent people, and some of these entities and situations are preferences, values, and lifestyles."
     
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    And then there is the cost of stupidity, willful ignorance and foolishness.....

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    Vindication!
     
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    No shit...but then, t'aint like we didn't already know this just from our own life experience.

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    How come these so called smart people keep repeating the same mistakes that have destroyed lives again and again throughout history?

    I mean how many times do people need to repeat history before it's learned?

    Our Republic was formed because the generation of our Founders understood human nature, history, and the dangerous of total government power and realized that the best way to avoid it was to allow people to be responsible for their own lives.
     
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    The Founders clearly intended us to have freedom, Avatar. Why do so many Americans want to criminalize abortion and gay marriage? Why do so many want to interfere in the right to worship as you choose if the person doing the worshipping is Muslim?
     

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