posted on Jan, 27 2012 @ 02:18 AM
Here was a pretty thought provoking article I found while discussing this with a close friend of mine (who is what I'd call "raging Liberal" ..
after a few minutes I told him "man .. you are #ing dumb" he said "No! You're the dumb one!" Surely we can't both be idiots. Actually we
could. Besides the point, we found this:
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.
Which imo explains perfectly why Liberals suck so hard at economics above all else. Economics is based entirely off of logic and common sense
scenarios, as well as the cause and effect of personal action within a system not confined to the accurate science of math, which many think it is, in
reality it's a philosophy.
Fascinating study, albeit off topic, showing that on average the more "liberal" you are the less likely you are to understand economics:
"Intelligence" is also the ability to learn, not what you actually know, which is knowledge. I can have an equal intelligence as another person and
be knowledgeable in two very different areas .. we'd both sound like blubbering morons to each other, but only because each of us would not be as
informed as the other on a specific topic. One thing that divides Liberals and Conservatives is the placement of value on certain topics. So when we
discuss a topic we pull from our own base of knowledge and come to a conclusion, also factoring in our social norms and morals to influence the
decision we ultimately come to. If you hold no regard for the base of my reasoning it's very easy to simply say "damn that dudes stupid!" but in
reality I'm not.
Also as I said before Republicans do have more degree holders (even though over 75% of professors identify as Liberal)
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.
I don't personally view Liberals or Conservatives to have any different level of intelligence.. I view it as simply the circumstances you utilize to
come to a conclusion. A myriad of possibilities, thoughts, beliefs and experiences culminating in your position in something.