Originally posted by Countermeasures
Doing great in IQ tests doesn't make humans necessarily emphatic, caring for others...
Good point, and very pertinent too considering what the advocates of this idea are assuming and implying, that is that: -
a) Someone with an IQ score above average is automatically granted the wisdom to be able to make better and more informed political desicions.
b) People with a below average IQ score do not make a worthwhile contribution to society or their community, and therefore do not deserve to take part
in a democratic process.
c) People with below average IQ are, without exception, incapable of making a rational or informed decision.
d) The views and beliefs of people with below average IQ are worthless.
These assumptions are completely erroneous, and do not stand up to a minutes critical thinking, or logical reasoning. Consider the definition of
democracy, and these assumptions become downright, well, undemocratic, horrible in fact.
Onto another point...
There are a few people suggesting how high the 'bar' should be (100, 125), but how much thought has been put into these figures? And for those who
propagate such ideas, how did you arrive at such a figure? Through scientific study? ...
Or by making an irrational or unconsidered guess?
My point here being that your argument is based on the assumption that people of lower IQ are incapable of making a considered and logical decision,
when you, in your proclaimed intelligence, have made a decision - although hypothetical - that if implemented would affect millions of people....and
how have you picked your nominal IQ figure? Yes, in exactly the way you assume a person of lower IQ would decide upon their vote!
The idea that only people with above average IQ should vote is at best patronising to those with below average IQ, and at worst a fascist nightmare.