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Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Study Proves Idiots are Idiotic

 (This study makes Newt very unhappy)

A new study published in Psychological Science demonstrates that people who score lower on IQ tests tend to develop conservative, racist, and generally prejudicial beliefs as adults. The study showed a high correlation between low IQ scores on aptitude tests, and racism/prejudice/conservatism, highlighting how people with lower cognitive abilities search for simplifying ideologies that are easier to grasp. Essentially, science has proven that ignorant people really are dumb!

Ya'll may remember my many posts on the subject of scientific racism? I demonstrated the many flaws in topics such as "race realism", and alt-right misinterpretations of sociobiology. But now! There exists a lovely little study that cements what we, the public already knew: racists, bigots, and reactionary conservatives are stupid. Sorry, if that offends you, but science tells us it's true! (I mean, ya'll didn't seem to mind when you were twisting using science to justify your curious brand of racism.)

Dr. Gordon Hodson, lead author of the study had this to say (via Huffpo): "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" that make it easier to comprehend a complicated world, Dodson said. "Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice," he added."

Yep! Irony is so sweet is it not? The very people who have clung, like parasites, to misrepresentations of legitimate (and often illegitimate) science in order to justify a bigotry bordering on insanity are now confirmed idiots by the very discipline they hoped to subvert.

It's enough to bring a tear to my eye...

However, many conservatives are already attempting damage control by suddenly postulating the very arguments they originally dismissed which negate IQ, IQ tests, correlations, cultural constructions of "intelligence" and the like.

Joel Boyce, over at Care2 writes, "IQ is not a measure of one’s “innate” intellectual ability, or one’s “maximum potential.” ... correlation is not equal to causation ... there are other possibilities". And his is the moderate backlash response!

Yet it is curious that his caveats, his concerns echo the same ones promoted by myself, and others, in regards to scientific racism. To which I can only say, if scientific racists truly believe in the brand of grossly misrepresented science they use to support their bigotry, then will they also accept that they are, by virtue of that same science, also stupid? Or will the cognitive dissonance of attempting to circumvent this inconvenient truth reduce their malformed existence to ash?


I, for one, would love to find out.


Cheers

3 footnotes:

Mira said...

I wish this is true. Sadly, I know many highly intelligent people who are like this. While most of the open minded people are more intelligent and educated, the opposite isn't true.

Takio said...

@Mira:

Be careful! Your stereotypy is showing Momma!

Zek J Evets said...

Takio,

I'm confused where Mira is stereotyping? Especially considering she's basing her comment on the conclusions from this recent scientific study that is the topic of my post...

In other words: huh?