Hot Button Topic: New study says Low IQ and Conservatism linked to prejudice
By Veronica Roberts
Friday, January, 27, 2012
Don't hate the messenger, hate the message or agree with it--which ever you choose. Came across this highly controversial article Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice and decided to stir things up today in my Hot Button Segment.
According to the lead psychologist of the study, Gordon Hodson of Brock University in Ontario, Canada, children with low IQ grow up to harbor prejudice more than their higher IQ counterparts. I told you it was a hot button topic.
There is more. The researchers added that adults with lower IQs tend to "gravitate towards Conservative ideologies" while holding those beliefs themselves.
This is not the only study on the market to make this outrageous claim. Going back as far as 1958, researchers in Britain reportedly came to the same conclusions: "Low levels of education are oftentimes linked to high levels of prejudice."
Life's Extremes: Democrat vs. Republican documents the results of a study started in 1958, which reportedly followed children ages 10 and 11 until they were in their early 30s. The study was repeated in 1970 with a different set of children. Verbal and non-verbal intelligence were measured.
Expert Hodson also says one of the reasons for the "Conservative/bias/low IQ" connection was, "Socially conservative ideologies tend to offer structure and order" and that simplicity and rigidity might be the draw for people with lower IQs.
But, he added, this can also be the catalyst which push people into prejudicial thinking for their view of the world tend to be more myopic, with limited parameters.
Personally, I find that stupidity comes in all shapes, forms, colors and ideologies and have encountered the Conservative idiot as well as the Liberal fool. I think dumb is an "equal opportunity state of mind." Moreover, we have to be very careful when studies lump groups of people together like we're all monolithic. We're not. Who we are today is influenced by our life experiences, education, childhood, parenting, geographic and socio-economic background, as well as our own convictions developed and based on our core value/belief system. We also have the ability to change our circumstances.
Someone can come from a terribly abusive background to rise above the pain and crippling ugliness to become an outstanding human being. So to marginalize based on ideology can also be a dangerous thing. In fact the Democratic Party has some shameful racist skeletons in its closet. The misconception is racists can only be found on the Republican side. Not true at all. They might be more overt but there are Liberal covert racists out there.
So what do you think of this "brain bias?" Some element of truth or complete BS?
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