• Social Conservatives Are Dumb-Dumbs, According to Science

    With their opposition to stem cell research and stubborn refusal to believe in evolution or global warming, conservatives don't seem to like science very much.

    Apparently, the feeling is mutual

    [R]esearch finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults… Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice…

    [T]here is reason to believe that strict right-wing ideology might appeal to those who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world.

    "Socially conservative ideologies tend to offer structure and order," Hodson said, explaining why these beliefs might draw those with low intelligence. "Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice."

    While this study may prove an invaluable contribution to psychology and political science, it's a huge waste of money. If researchers wanted to show a link between low IQ and conservative values, they could have simply printed a giant photo of Rick Perry.

    Of course, the study would explain why the Republican candidates oppose programs that benefit minorities. There's just too much nuance and complexity tied up in the issues of gay marriage, immigration and welfare. Conservatives just want solutions that are black and white. But mostly white.

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    Tags: Conservatives, Education, Evolution, Republicans, Science & Technology


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