posted on Jan, 27 2012 @ 02:12 AM
Allow me to say clearly that I believe this supposed scientific experiment is a crock at best. First of all, IQ is not a very strong method of
defining a person’s intellect but only a small fraction of it. There are blank areas on IQ tests which questions regarding metaphysical, aesthetic,
ethical, and other non – natural and material inquiry can further elevate an IQ. This is not to say that what the IQ tests cover is not necessary,
rather that they are like asking about your mother’s height, weight, hair color and not ask about her views on religion, existence, and so on… It
will not give you a full picture.
Second is that to merely classify Social Conservatives as stupid is erroneous. We do not have the same world view as a person of the Liberal
persuasion, but that does not make us stupid. In essence a conservative will rely on his intuition, often regarded as ignorance, but is instead merely
a built in mechanism which is generally positive but cannot be arguably defended using positivist logic. This often means we gravitate towards
historical understanding and realism towards the present. A liberal would gravitate towards future possibilities and optimism towards the present. The
conservative reactionary Joseph de Maistre summed it up quite well:
“I thank God for my ignorance still more than for my knowledge; for my knowledge is mine, at least in part, and in consequence I cannot be sure that
it is good, but my ignorance, at least that of which I am speaking, is His, therefore I trust it fully.”
A liberal would look upon history as a book of horrors and/or a list of things which need correction; a conservative however looks at history as a
validation of Christian teachings that man is naturally sinful. A rosy optimism towards the human potential and the future we do not tend to have; nor
can one label it as a cynicism either.
It is important to note that I am not specifically referring to your ordinary Southern Baptist waving the Bible screaming about how you need to know
God and love Israel. Nor am I referring to the overwhelming majority of modern day conservatives; of which I consider pseudo – conservatives, but
that is an entirely different discussion. The orthodox conservatives; radical traditionalists; reactionaries; are those of whom I am discussing. They
are largely academics today relegated to the corners of the internet but they do exist and have shaped my world view. Most are involved in some form
of science; biology, physics, or metaphysics; Thomism, Aristotelianism.
May I just say; we are neither ignorant nor lacking in IQ.