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Updated on Tuesday, February 7, 2012

#595

Overheard:
V1 caf: "It's been scientifically proven that Conservatives are stupid."

10 comments

  1. For some values of stupid it actually was. The study showed that conservatives and bigots have lower tested IQs. Whether IQ is an accurate measure of intelligence is another can of worms.

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  2. Naive first year students...

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  3. I would love this if it were true.

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  4. well if this blanket statement is observed to be true by liberals than we can obviously see that liberals do not understand what real science means...

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  5. Yes the speaker was incorrect unfortunately. Conservatives are stupid but they won't submit to science because the bible says not to.

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  6. Likely referenced to this

    http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html

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  7. If the speaker was referring to the Conservative Party of Canada or its voters (as is implied by the capital C) he or she would have no scientific evidence.

    Another matter entirely when it comes to conservatives in general, though such studies are usually conducted in the USA and are therefore pretty culture-bound. It would be interesting to look at the correlation between IQ and political affiliation in China, for example.

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  8. Please make a designation between fiscal conservatives and social conservatives. Kthx.

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  9. There WAS a study done on this. Kinda. The study found that people with right-leaning social values (e.g. anti-gay marriage, anti-abortion, etc.) have lower IQs (on average) than those with left-leaning social values.

    So the study was not specifically on political ideologies, but if you were to generalize, people with right social views are more likely to be conservative/right politically as well.

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