Social conservatives are stupid, science discovers

06 Aug

It’s official – people with socially conservative attitudes are stupid!


Prejudiced people are stupid. That’s not me pre-judging. That’s science.

An article published in the Journal of Psychological Science, and reported in Live Science says children who have low IQs tend to become prejudiced adults who are drawn to socially conservative beliefs that – in turn – encourage prejudice, adherence to hierarchy and authority, and promote resistance to change.

The researchers suggest that low intelligence makes it difficult to grasp the complexity of the world, which could explain the appeal of oversimplifications like, “Poor people are lazy.”

But you also have to wonder if the appeal of prejudice comes partly from a desire to feel like you are better (and smarter?) than someone.

John Dean wrote a book (which he had begun writing with Barry Goldwater just before Goldwater died) called Conservatives Without Conscience. These two conservatives presented a list of characteristics that are common among right-wing authoritarian…

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Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Feminism, Religion


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2 responses to “Social conservatives are stupid, science discovers

  1. Dace

    August 28, 2012 at 1:44 am

    ha..ha…that was a good one. Made me smile even though I tried to keep away from calling people stupid. However, sometimes things just need to be labeled exactly what they are…All my respect for being bold

    • fieara

      August 29, 2012 at 1:00 am

      Thank you, Dace 🙂 Sometimes what I say scares me a little…it’s genuinely partly why I blog under a pseudonym.


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