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Bruce G. Charlton, Professor of Theoretical Medicine at the University of Buckingham and Editor in Chief of Medical Hypotheses, may have an explanation. In his editorial in the December 2009 issue of Medical Hypotheses, Charlton suggests that liberals and other intelligent people may be “clever sillies,” who incorrectly apply abstract logical reasoning to social and interpersonal domains. As I explain in an earlier post, general intelligence – the ability to think and reason – likely evolved as a domain-specific evolved psychological mechanism to solve evolutionarily novel problems, whereas, for all evolutionarily familiar problems, there are other dedicated evolved psychological mechanisms.
Everyone – intelligent or not – is evolutionarily equipped with the ability to solve such evolutionarily familiar problems in the social and interpersonal domains as mating, parenting, social exchange, and personal relationships, with the other evolved psychological mechanisms. Charlton suggests that the totality of all the other evolved psychological mechanisms (except for general intelligence) represents what we normally call “common sense.” Everyone has common sense.
Intelligent people, however, have a tendency to overapply their analytical and logical reasoning abilities derived from their general intelligence incorrectly to such evolutionarily familiar domains and as a result get things wrong. In other words, liberals and other intelligent people lack common sense, because their general intelligence overrides it. They think in situations where they are supposed to feel. In evolutionarily familiar domains such as interpersonal relationships, feeling usually leads to correct solutions whereas thinking does not.
Education. Self-identified Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats to have 4-year college degrees. The trends for the years 1955 through 2004 are shown by gender in the graphs below, reproduced from a book published by Joseph Fried. These graphs depict results obtained by Fried from the National Election Studies (NES) database.
Regarding graduate-level degrees (masters or doctorate), there is a rough parity between Democrats and Republicans. According to the Gallup Organization: "[B]oth Democrats and Republicans have equal numbers of Americans at the upper end of the educational spectrum — that is, with post graduate degrees..." Fried provides a slightly more detailed analysis, noting that Republican men are more likely than Democratic men to have advanced degrees, but Democratic women are now more likely than Republican women to have advanced degrees.
Republicans remain a small minority of college professors, with 11% of full-time faculty identifying as Republican.
Originally posted by Aeons
Since we be in the science trolling mood, does this then correlate that racial groups that test as lower IQ then need more structure and tend to be more racist?
And .... KAAA-BOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
Fact: The Republican Party has twice as many degree holders as the Democratic Party.
Originally posted by Ghost375
Let's all remember that people that are of lower IQ than you are just as human as you are
Originally posted by Blaine91555
I wonder, do you who are on the Far Left even understand that you are exhibiting extreme bigotry yourselves by spewing lies and venom about people who's views you don't agree with? Do you also know your showing a low intellect in that you have to stoop to such tactics to communicate your point of view?
Originally posted by Blaine91555
I'll let them get back to discussing their hero's Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin and all the rest. Perhaps they can hold a meeting on top of the tens of millions of graves their hero's filled with those who dared to not agree with them.
Originally posted by rubbertramp
Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice
Originally posted by Viking9019
reply to post by spacekc929
Why do you have to try and make up pathetic excuses?
Intelligence and progress in schools or colleges is based on race.Intelligence is in the genes,hence why no matter how hard they try to improve people under the right conditions,no improvement is made(if there is an improvement,its a minor one and not even worth mentioning).Fact.
Asians do better then anyone else because they are Asian.They have bigger brains and their IQs tend to be the highest of any race.
I hate how people think that race is just skin colour when in fact there are so many differences that its an important matter to discuss.......unless you like thinking that 'we are all one' or that 'race doesn't exist' and all that cr*p?
As for IQ,it does measure intelligence to some degree.Those who are always at the bottom of the IQ list are those who live and behave differently to those at the top of the list and remember,its based on race.edit on 27/1/12 by Viking9019 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by rubbertramp
seems to me, the important part of this study is quite simple.
those leaning towards conservative views are more 'sheeple' than others.
'"Socially conservative ideologies tend to offer structure and order," Hodson said, explaining why these beliefs might draw those with low intelligence. "Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice."
in a way, i've always known this. i wish more would take it issue by issue and stop toting the party line, no matter which party.
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Originally posted by kimish
reply to post by The Old American
That is not necessarily true. If you take children that are adopted by people from a different race, for example and Asian Child is adopted by Whites, the Asian child will score consistently with that of other Asians. If A Black Child is adopted by Asians the Black Child will score consistently with other Blacks. Now, you would have to be severely dumb to say that genetics doesn't play a role in such instances. This has been proven over and over again. The internet is a very big place with a ton of information if you take the time to actually look things up, which I strongly suggest you do, that way you don't bring a knife into a gunfight.
Think of this, many predominately black and latino schools score low on their tests, now we have states that move white and Asian children into these schools to bring up the test scores. And vice versa, to lower scores So now they can't say that the all white schools score significantly higher than the black schools, they've tried to level the playing field.
I believe that political affilition plays no bearing on IQ. It's just that the majority of the lower Iq People will tend to side with the entity that best suits them. And for good reason, I want a group that advocates my interests.edit on 27-1-2012 by kimish because: (no reason given)