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Study Shows Liberals, Atheists, And Monogamous Have Higher IQ's


Does your IQ match your values?: Image via AFreeIQTestDoes your IQ match your values?: Image via AFreeIQTestThe March issue of the peer-reviewed Social Psychology Quarterly, a journal of the American Sociological Association, will contain an article entitled "Why Liberals and Atheists are More Intelligent."  Though certain to cause some outrage, the investigator has collected some statistically significant IQ evidence that supports his theory.

Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science, poses the theory that the more intelligent people are, the more likely it is for them to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values in response to the challenges of the times. 

Kanazawa says that humans are evolutionarily programmed to be conservative - to care mostly about family and friends, to believe in a supernatural power or God because of their paranoia about what they perceive as "unnatural" phenomenon, and, for men, to be polygamous.

"General intelligence, the ability to think and reason, endowed our ancestors with advantages in solving evolutionarily novel problems for which they did not have innate solutions," says Kanazawa. "As a result, more intelligent people are more likely to recognize and understand such novel entities and situations than less intelligent people, and some of these entities and situations are preferences, values, and lifestyles."

Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Study) support all three of Kanazawa's theories. 

Students (grades 7 through 12) who identified themselves as "very liberal" show an average IQ of 106 during adolescence, while those who identified themselves as being "very conservative" had an average IQ of 95 during adolescence.

Those who identified themselves as "not at all religious" had an average IQ of 103 at adolescence; those that reported being "very religious" had average IQs of 97.

As to monogamy, though the preliminary press information does not provide the exact IQ levels, the information does indicate that there was corroborative IQ data among males, with those valuing male exclusivity scoring higher on the IQ tests than the males favoring male polygamy. Kanazawa's argument is that exclusivity is a novel evolutionary value for men.  Females do not show an IQ difference based on exclusivity values, but Kanazawa did not expect that they would.

Stay tuned for the full report in the March Issue of the Social Psychology Quarterly!

 

Sources: American Sociological Association via Physorg.com; AddHealth

 

 

Comments
Feb 25, 2010
by Anonymous

I think you'd be hard

I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who has done a reasonable amount of study that would say that Einstien was an Athiest.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Liberals have higher IQs?

Funny, for 8 years liberals claimed they lost Florida in 2000 because the ballots were so darn complicated.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Study doesn't make sense.

Monogamy is a conservative value, and questioning God's existence is an everyone's value.
Einstein was monogamous, conservative and believed, because he could not mathematically discount, in a higher power. He didn't claim a personal God as plausible

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

IQ of 103?

103 does not make someone intelligent. My IQ is 148 and I'm very Conservative.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

mine was tested at 151 at 6 yrs old

I became a conservative when I started to atcually use my mind and think for myself

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Students self-identified...

Big problem with the experimental design: the student self-identified as "very liberal" and "very conservative". What does that mean? The researchers would have done better to administer some generally accepted test -- agree/disagree statements, say -- to determine where along the ideological spectrum the students actually fell.

Plus: high school students. Really? What do they know about liberal/conservative? They probably think a conservative is someone who uses mild salsa on his nachos.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

everyone makes typos

actually

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

A static concept?

Where would an agnostic who was liberal for the first 35 years of life and later switched to conservative fit in this theory?

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

More questions

Sample size?

Margin of error?

More bad "science".

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Who did the study?

How many 7th graders even know if they are conservative or liberal, let alone identify themselves as either?
What definition of liberal are you using?
Seems the American Sociological Association has hurt it's reputation with the publication of such a poltically motivaved unsubstansive study

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Sounds self serving..

My two oldest kids identifty themselves as "Republican" simply because I am a Republican. They haven't given the matter any thought at all. I was quite liberal when I was young, but I'm more of a libertarian now. Where would that fit into the spectrum? Conservative or liberal?

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

"liberals" are clearly less intelligent

This study compares the self-reports of high school students to IQ. There is no good reason to extrapolate from self-reports to liberalism and no good reason to extrapolate high school students to the general population. If you look at how people vote rather than how they describe themselves, it is clear that voting left correlates with low income, low intelligence, criminality, abortion, divorce, sexual perversion and every other social pathology.

Given the ideological tendencies of teachers and the leftist bias in school curricula, it is not surprising that students who are more successful in school identify more strongly with their teachers' political views.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Propaganda

Take the entire article with a grain of salt. For every study that claims Liberals as more intelligent, you'll find another that indicates a mental superiority in people of a Conservative bent. Simply writing an article that exposes one set of studies, while ignoring others which run counter, is propaganda on the part of the writer. Those tainted AWG scientists have moved on to other pursuits, apparently.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Just curious

why where the results limited to those who self-identified as "very" conservative or "very" liberal? This is obviously a much smaller sample than all liberals vs. all conservatives

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Margin of error +- 3

Conservative 97 + 3 = 100
Liberal 103 - 3 = 100
This is what liberals think is significant research? Peer reviewed nonsense is still nonsense.
I recall the Nazi's were able find to many academics to prove Jews were genetically inferior. This is proof again that intolerance lives and has always lived on the left. Why would anyone publish such nonsense unless it supported the agenda narrative of the publication. Here is a question, what if the conclusion were the other way around? Would you still publish it?

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Peer Reviewed

C'mon, This is peer reviewed "settled" science, it must be correct.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

so what?

Students (grades 7 through 12)

So... the study didn't cover people who actually hold jobs, pay taxes, or have other adult responsibilities?

Why should anyone care about this, other than for the purposes of partisan rhetoric?

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Are Asians really liberal?

Are Asians really liberal?

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

7-12 graders ?

All I can say is this looked interesting until I saw the sample. Most people don't have a firm handle on liberal/conservative as teenagers. This glaring problem leads me to question how liberal/conservative were defined, what was controlled for amongst the teenage sample, etc.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Another study

The young tend to identify as "liberal" or "progressive" as they like what the definition of the word and yet are not familiar with the results of the ideology. These studies just seem to always tell more about the people conducting the study than the actual subject. It may also be a very bad time to mention "peer-review" to bolster one's claims. I think atheists are about as logical as theists. A true scientific approach with no reliance on faith would require one to be agnostic. Atheists and theists just argue over if the glass is half full or half empty. An agnostic knows the glass contains 50% water and doesn't try to extrapolate that into some greater meaning. As for liberal vs. Con, well Obama is touted as very smart and we've seen what good that was. He can't get anything done despite having had veto proof majorities. Is he really all that smart? If you consider trying to find a creative solution to replace old proven solutions to be a smart way to handle yourself. But that's not smart for the big leagues. Those experiments should be tried at the state and local level first. Prove them first and then subject everyone else to them. Is monogamy smart? Well maybe. But people who can get laid a lot tend not to be book worms. Why? They have better things to do. So if I were to guess, this psychologist is a liberal, doesn't believe in god, and never gets laid. So he was of course shocked that his study backs up his claim that he is the smartest person in the world with despite his 103 IQ.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

JDW

This poll obviously excluded every major city and the almost strictly liberal voting populaces that reside in them.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Criterion

Researchers classified students by their IQ:
Students with IQs above 100=liberal.
Students with IQs below 100=conservative.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Scientific?

This can not truly be considered a scientific survey since it excludes the 5 to 9 year olds.

Barak Hussein Obama.
Hmm, hmmm, hmmm.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

"Kanazawa says that humans

"Kanazawa says that humans are evolutionarily programmed to be conservative - to care mostly about family and friends"

Uhhh, studies have shown that conservatives give more in charity.

This study means little - the highest IQ students will be those that pay attention in school. And they are largely being taught history and economics by left-liberals, so they'll just absorb that.

Besides, liberal vs. conservative is meaningless - they are basically the same. Libertarian vs. Authoritarian is the only meaningful axis.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Liberal but not Atheist.

The quotes say how the student identified themselves politically it seems that the religious orientation of the students is assumed by the author of this article. That would make the title of the this article, crap. And self identification is suspect as well. What's the standard by which any of the students use to identify themselves. With out such a standard the self identification are crap as well. Should I go on or can we admit this is just wishful thinking on the part of the author.

Ray
Colorado Springs, Co.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Leftism at a certain age is a sign of intelligence

In adolescence, it's perfectly natural for the smarter kids to be the first to see beyond themselves, and become aware of the many imperfections and injustices of the world around them. Being immature and uneducated, socialism, i.e. "it's so obvious what's wrong and it's so easy to fix it" (for an example, refer to yesterday's health care summit, or whatever it was), is the first comprehensible solution to present itself.

However, this soon passes. Other forms of disillusionment set in: the imperfections of fellow human beings, the extreme difficulty in doing anything, and, eventually, the awareness that there are genuinely nasty, mean, self-interested people in the world, and they are as likely to affect an appearance of kindness and caring as they are to wear a black top hats and twirl their moustaches.

At this point, it is best to defer to Mark Twain: "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

It's age relevant

Everyone (almost) is more liberal when they are younger. It's easy to be liberal when someone else is paying the bills. Unfortunately, in too many instances someone else pays the bills for a lifetime.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Intelligent - yes, Smart - no

You'd think that somebody with a genius level IQ would be able to follow the directions on the side of a can of car wax, but no.

You'd think that somebody with a genius level IQ would be able to see that the oil he's putting into the engine is flowing out from under the valve cover gasket as quickly as he's pouring it in, but no.

The higher people's IQ, it seems the less smart they are.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Liberalism, Atheism and IQ

Imagine! A liberal profession, publishing a liberal paper in a liberal publication that grants instant, untested genius upon liberals.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

???

That's because the major in economics, finance, philosophy. They left the things you mentioned for the losers who took shop.