Political, religious and sexual behaviors are reflections of intelligence, a new study finds.
Psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa correlated the above behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample. What did he find? Just what I would expect. People who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women.
Findings to be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.
The IQ differences are statistically significant, as much as 11 points. The study demonstrates how certain patterns of identifying with particular ideologies develop, and how some people’s behaviors come to be.
Sexual exclusivity in men, liberalism and atheism all go against what would be expected based on evolutionary behaviors of humans in the past. Basically, in order to go against our natural behaviors we would need to have a higher intelligence and are more evolved than those that believe in superstitions (Most commonly associated with Republicans/Christians).
“The adoption of some evolutionarily novel ideas makes some sense in terms of moving the species forward,” said George Washington University leadership professor James Bailey, who was not involved in the study. “It also makes perfect sense that more intelligent people — people with, sort of, more intellectual firepower — are likely to be the ones to do that.”
Bailey also said that aligning oneself with “unconventional” philosophies such as liberalism or atheism may be “ways to communicate to everyone that you’re pretty smart.
In the case of men and sexual exclusivity, it make sense that men whom are now sexually exclusive are more intelligent because in order to be that way, they had to think and get past the natural evolutionary pattern. Early men had many mates in order to spread their seed and ensure survival of their gene pool. Look at the stories of the Bible…many wives and “go forth and populate” the earth.
“Religion, the current theory goes, did not help people survive or reproduce necessarily, but goes along the lines of helping people to be paranoid, Kanazawa said. Assuming that, for example, a noise in the distance is a signal of a threat helped early humans to prepare in case of danger.”
“It helps life to be paranoid, and because humans are paranoid, they become more religious, and they see the hands of God everywhere,” Kanazawa said.
Have any of you noticed those traits in FOX News opinion personalities? Have we not witnessed it in the recent presidential elections and amount large numbers of Christian Republicans?
Let me refresh your memories: According to the paranoid, President Obama is a socialist, marxist, communist, fascist, terrorist supporter, anti-American, wants to create a death panel to kill grandma…etc. Paranoid as hell, aren’t they? Now, lets go back to the Bush (Christian Republican ) years and notice the fear they preached, as they do now. Fear this, fear that, he is not a citizen. Attacking like animals at every turn and not taking the time to actually think and see things as they really are, in reality.
Check this out:
Adolescents who stated they were atheist had an averaged IQ of 103 compared to adults that stated they were religious had an averaged IQ of 97.
Atheism “allows someone to move forward and speculate on life without any concern for the dogmatic structure of a religion,” Bailey said.
“Historically, anything that’s new and different can be seen as a threat in terms of the religious beliefs; almost all religious systems are about permanence,” he noted.
“Liberals are more likely to be concerned about total strangers; conservatives are likely to be concerned with people they associate with,”
Kanazawa said. “It’s unnatural for humans to be concerned about total strangers.” he said.
It Appears that Fox News and the majority of Christian Republicans follow this pattern. They hate illegals, hate social services, against health care to help millions but care a lot about their money and things and not giving to anyone that is not part of the “family”.
The study found that young adults who said they were “very conservative” had an average adolescent IQ of 95, whereas those who said they were “very liberal” averaged 106.
It also makes sense that “conservatism” as a worldview of keeping things stable would be a safer approach than venturing toward the unfamiliar, Bailey said.
FYI: Bailey is conservative and Kanazawa is “a strong libertarian.”