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Conservatism and IQ

April 14, 2010

What I got from psych lecture:

1. Liberals have a higher IQ than conservatives. 😦

2. Atheists have a higher IQ than do religious people. 😦

3. Jews have a high IQ. 😀

#1 and #2 make me sad. #3 makes me happy!

~israelianna~

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2010 6:05 pm

    Greetings from the other Cambridge (the one with Colleges, punts and thousands of rowers)!

    Reaction broadly the same here, as a conservative (well, libertarian-but-personally-conservative) Jew who believes in G-d (but doesn’t do nearly enough about it).

    The adage about lies, damned lies and statistics may be appropriate – just because the “average” liberal has a higher IQ than the “average” conservative tells us very little – in part because the results are skewed by people’s self-definition. What it may tell us is that clever people are often arrogant enough to believe that the rest would be better if they were told what to do by benevolent masters.

  2. israelianna permalink
    June 2, 2010 12:42 pm

    ^ Completely in agreement with the above comment. Countless times people have commented that “Wait you are conservative? I thought you were intelligent!”.
    Note to the world: They are not mutually exclusive.

    Hi to the other Cambridge!

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