Study correlates low IQ with racism, conservatism
Reprinted from Pied Type, February 4, 2012
The Huffington Post headline reads: “Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism” and the story says, “The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood.”
The study’s lead author Gordon Hodson said:
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. Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice.
The study, “Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes: Lower Cognitive Ability Predicts Greater Prejudice Through Right-Wing Ideology and Low Intergroup Contact,” was published a few days ago by Psychological Science.
Talk about a political hot potato. And in an election year. Do we really want to say conservatives are dumb and racist? Even if that’s what the study indicates? Are stereotypes bad if they are supported by science? Are they stereotypes at all if science identifies them? Can scientists be politically incorrect? We are, after all, a nation sometimes paralyzed by political correctness.
In the interests of being politically correct, perhaps I’d better just keep my thoughts to myself and suggest you read more about the study (preferably the study itself) before reaching any conclusions. You’re smart enough to do that, aren’t you?
- Does Stupidity Cause Conservatism? (reason.com)
- Conservatism and Low IQ (duanegraham.wordpress.com)
- New study links racism, prejudice and conservatism to low IQ (thegrio.com)
- Study Suggests Low IQ, Social Conservatism, And Prejudice Go Hand In Hand (mediaite.com)
Postscript: I know perfectly well that correlation does not equal causation, and I’m sure most of my readers are equally aware. Yet in recent years I’ve increasingly asked myself Why? Why was Trump elected and who voted for him and why? Why does anyone still support him after all he’s done? What do those people have in common? What explains what’s happened to the Republican Party? What explains Trump?