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Old 12-06-2011, 04:05 AM
 
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I was googling around trying to find a studies that link fringe political views (from either side) to cognitive ability and found this study instead.

Are Liberals Smarter Than Conservatives? — The American Magazine

I'm a little behind the times since it is from a few years ago. A researcher looked at political views and tried to link them to intelligence. It wasn't the case that conservatives in general or Republicans had lower intelligence levels, but social conservatives were shown to have lower levels of intelligence. That would include people who vote based on values and not conservative financial principles.

It's an interesting study. In thinking about the outcome, it does make sense to me. I've challenged social conservatives to debates on several fronts (as I do with people of all political mindsets) and in the end when all of their rationalizations are shot down, it all comes back to emotion as their justification. Perhaps these people have a left side of the brain that is weak and thus dominated by the right.

I'd be interested to see if anyone has found any other studies in similar peer reviewed journals.
First off, that's an opinion about a study, not an actual study. Second, as all "intelligent" liberals should do, they should find the original source which is easily found while you have Google pulled up on your computer.

Conservatism and cognitive ability
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:17 AM
 
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The upper echelons of Hitler's government were staffed with the best and the brightest. Intelligence and wisdom are not the same thing. Consider Obama.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:26 AM
 
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I'm not surprised; such behavior seems tribal.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:56 AM
 
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Social conservatives are stupid in a variety of ways. It's rather obvious.

Fiscal conservatives don't seem any dumber than anyone else to me, just more ruthless.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:59 AM
 
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The 'educated' Liberal elite is a dangerous group for the simple fact that coming from a background of academia purports the mental superiority of Liberal over Conservative thought (ie Liberals are smart, open-minded individuals while Conservatives are easily-influenced bumpkins).

Brainwashing can and does come from Liberal professors just as easily as it does from angst-filled right wing pundits. The danger lies in the assumed truth held by those in academics. They're bastions of truth and knowledge right? Many of those who study in this environment cannot discern the difference between being taught how to think and being taught what to think. That self-assured overconfidence is the weakness of the 'more intelligent' Liberal; they think they're too smart to be indoctrinated.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:02 AM
 
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The 'educated' Liberal elite is a dangerous group for the simple fact that coming from a background of academia purports the mental superiority of Liberal over Conservative thought (ie Liberals are smart, open-minded individuals while Conservatives are easily-influenced bumpkins).

Brainwashing can and does come from Liberal professors just as easily as it does from angst-filled right wing pundits. The danger lies in the assumed truth held by those in academics. They're bastions of truth and knowledge right? Many of those who study in this environment cannot discern the difference between being taught how to think and being taught what to think. That self-assured overconfidence is the weakness of the 'more intelligent' Liberal; they think they're too smart to be indoctrinated.
And what of liberal intellectual elite that don't spring from academia?



I'm always suspect of people who denigrate book learnin'.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:20 AM
 
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I wonder if anyone ever thinks to use the search function before reinventing the wheel every day because they found something that obviously no one on the planet has ever seen before?
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