View Full Version : Do Liberals really have a higher IQ?
03-08-2010, 07:37 AM
I have seen some info sneaking around that purports to establish 'scientifically' that liberals are smarter than us conservatives. This cannot really be the case, can it? Almost without exception, the liberals I know are all dumb as a post.
03-09-2010, 09:21 PM
it's a comparative thing....compared to you and thcr, they are Mensa candidates.
They would probably be smarter then you two, because they think outside of the box...rather then let Fox "news" and it's propagandists...think for them.
“Think for yourself and question authority”
03-09-2010, 09:52 PM
I heard this study before. My favorite rebuttal comes from Greg Gutfeld:
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">So "Red Eye" fan and evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa e-mailed me about a paper he wrote in Social Psychology Quarterly. It's called "Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent."
Already, I hate it.
According to Satoshi, humans are "evolutionarily designed to be conservative and religious." But he claims smarter people are more likely to go against this design and become liberals and atheists. Apparently this rebelliousness doesn't show up in the rest of us dumb folk.
Now, of course, these findings will be trumpeted far and wide by the left, just as they would have been by the right if the results were different.
Which is poo-hicky.
I can safely say that I am smarter than most lefties, so smart, in fact, that I can invent words like "poo-hicky" and get away with it.
Here's why: Satoshi's really suggesting that smart people are more likely to take risks and experiment. This makes sense, but only temporarily.
It just so happens that I was once an outspoken liberal, a normal state for an attention-seeking teenager with back acne. But, after awhile, I started rejecting the easy romance of leftism, as hard reality started hitting me in the face.
So, while it takes brains to question the natural state of things, you need even more brains to later question the questioning. Smart people question their parents, but then smarter people realize later that their parents were right all along (unless of course, dad is a Baldwin).
Bottom line: Braininess isn't reflected in rebellion against common sense. Instead, it's rebellion against rebellion that shows real smarts — that and an acceptance that unicorns rule and griffins suck.
And if you disagree with me, you're probably a racist leprechaun who eats babies.
03-09-2010, 11:16 PM
Hey, if you can't believe Sato...who can you believe...???
03-10-2010, 02:31 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: llotter</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I have seen some info sneaking around that purports to establish 'scientifically' that liberals are smarter than us conservatives. This cannot really be the case, can it? Almost without exception, the liberals I know are all dumb as a post.</div></div>They say iq tests dont meen much. The real diffikulty iz a test to see if one iz a liberal. I think i am a liberal, but i am very facsist too.
I dont go very well with tests -- i am too slow. I did get zero for a spelling test in grade 4 -- very embarrassing -- havnt rekovered.
03-10-2010, 02:55 PM
I used to ace spelling tests in school, now, without "spellcheck" I can't remember if i goes before e, except when you are about to get laid, or was that lay?
I did one time turn in about 5 words on a 75 word spelling test....that happened in grade 6, when the teacher decided to convert me into writing right-handed. I also haven't recovered, but ease the pain with a medicinal dosage of Bombay Blue and tonic.
Damn...it seems that I am behind the times....now there is a Bombay Sapphire, and the company did not inform their most loyal customer.....
Not this Bombay Sapphire....but not a bad second choice:
03-10-2010, 03:04 PM
You don't have to worry, liberalism and fascism are distinction without a difference...both are statist.
03-10-2010, 09:16 PM
Hmmmmmmm -- "Statist" iznt quite me -- nor iz "Statizm" quite me. Monarchist kumz close.
".............Here's a more detailed explanation of what it means to score in the "statist" category.
Statists tend to favor a great deal of government control over individual behavior and over the economy. That's why WordIQ.com defines "statism" as "any social or political system in which state intervention plays a major role." The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines it as a "concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government."
This belief in government power doesn't necessarily make statists undemocratic. Many statists believe government represents the collective will of the people, and they usually argue that a powerful government is necessary to build a better society. As WordIQ.com noted, "supporters of statism argue that [government power] ultimately benefits the individual himself, since the public good involves the personal good of the maximum number of individuals."
Statists support far less individual liberty than any other political ideology. Statists tend to distrust the free market, advocate centralized planning of the economy (including high taxes, strict regulation of business, and even government ownership or control of major industries), oppose "alternative" lifestyles that go against the beliefs of a majority of citizens, and downplay the importance of civil liberties. In short, statists consistently doubt that economic liberty and individual freedom are necessary, practical, or workable in today's world.
Some statists call their political beliefs populism, socialism, or communitarianism. At the extreme, undemocratic end of the statist spectrum, statism also encompasses communism, fascism, and other forms of totalitarianism..."
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