Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism
Are racists dumb? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes!
The study, published in Psychological Science showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservatives politics in adulthood.
Dr. Gordon Hodson, Professor of Psychology at Brock University and the study's lead author, said the finding represented evidence of a vicious cycle: People of low intelligence gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, which stress resistance to change and, in turn, prejudice.
Why might less intelligent people be drawn to conservative ideologies? Because such ideologies feature "structure and order" in a complicated world.
Reality is complicated and messy. Ideologies get rid of the messiness and impose simple solutions to problems. So it's not surprising that people with less cognitive capacity will be attracted to simplifying ideologies.
But liberalism has some simplifying ideologies as well, so less intelligent types could also be attracted to that.What do you think? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent? Or is this just political opinion masquerading as science?
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