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    Liberalism, Atheism, Male Sexual Exclusivity Linked to IQ

    Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence, a new study finds.

    Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.

    The IQ differences, while statistically significant, are not stunning -- on the order of 6 to 11 points -- and the data should not be used to stereotype or make assumptions about people, experts say. But they show how certain patterns of identifying with particular ideologies develop, and how some people's behaviors come to be.

    The reasoning is that sexual exclusivity in men, liberalism and atheism all go against what would be expected given humans' evolutionary past. In other words, none of these traits would have benefited our early human ancestors, but higher intelligence may be associated with them.

    "The adoption of some evolutionarily novel ideas makes some sense in terms of moving the species forward," said George Washington University leadership professor James Bailey, who was not involved in the study. "It also makes perfect sense that more intelligent people -- people with, sort of, more intellectual firepower -- are likely to be the ones to do that."

    Bailey also said that these preferences may stem from a desire to show superiority or elitism, which also has to do with IQ. In fact, aligning oneself with "unconventional" philosophies such as liberalism or atheism may be "ways to communicate to everyone that you're pretty smart," he said.

    The study looked at a large sample from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which began with adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year. The participants were interviewed as 18- to 28-year-olds from 2001 to 2002. The study also looked at the General Social Survey, another cross-national data collection source.

    Kanazawa did not find that higher or lower intelligence predicted sexual exclusivity in women. This makes sense, because having one partner has always been advantageous to women, even thousands of years ago, meaning exclusivity is not a "new" preference.

    For men, on the other hand, sexual exclusivity goes against the grain evolutionarily. With a goal of spreading genes, early men had multiple mates. Since women had to spend nine months being pregnant, and additional years caring for very young children, it made sense for them to want a steady mate to provide them resources.

    Religion, the current theory goes, did not help people survive or reproduce necessarily, but goes along the lines of helping people to be paranoid, Kanazawa said. Assuming that, for example, a noise in the distance is a signal of a threat helped early humans to prepare in case of danger.

    "It helps life to be paranoid, and because humans are paranoid, they become more religious, and they see the hands of God everywhere," Kanazawa said.

    Participants who said they were atheists had an average IQ of 103 in adolescence, while adults who said they were religious averaged 97, the study found. Atheism "allows someone to move forward and speculate on life without any concern for the dogmatic structure of a religion," Bailey said.

    "Historically, anything that's new and different can be seen as a threat in terms of the religious beliefs; almost all religious systems are about permanence," he noted.

    The study takes the American view of liberal vs. conservative. It defines "liberal" in terms of concern for genetically nonrelated people and support for private resources that help those people. It does not look at other factors that play into American political beliefs, such as abortion, gun control and gay rights.

    "Liberals are more likely to be concerned about total strangers; conservatives are likely to be concerned with people they associate with," he said.

    Given that human ancestors had a keen interest in the survival of their offspring and nearest kin, the conservative approach -- looking out for the people around you first -- fits with the evolutionary picture more than liberalism, Kanazawa said. "It's unnatural for humans to be concerned about total strangers." he said.

    The study found that young adults who said they were "very conservative" had an average adolescent IQ of 95, whereas those who said they were "very liberal" averaged 106.

    It also makes sense that "conservatism" as a worldview of keeping things stable would be a safer approach than venturing toward the unfamiliar, Bailey said.

    Neither Bailey nor Kanazawa identify themselves as liberal; Bailey is conservative and Kanazawa is "a strong libertarian."

    Vegetarianism, while not strongly associated with IQ in this study, has been shown to be related to intelligence in previous research, Kanazawa said. This also fits into Bailey's idea that unconventional preferences appeal to people with higher intelligence, and can also be a means of showing superiority.

    None of this means that the human species is evolving toward a future where these traits are the default, Kanazawa said.

    "More intelligent people don't have more children, so moving away from the trajectory is not going to happen," he said.

    Source http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/26...ex.html?hpt=P1

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    In fact, aligning oneself with "unconventional" philosophies such as liberalism or atheism may be "ways to communicate to everyone that you're pretty smart," he said.
    Liberalism, that would depend on how you define it. But considering this is an American article I will presume they mean the conventional American meaning of social-democracy combined with social-liberalism (where the everyone is equal thinking goes to the extreme). In that case one can wonder how smart that is. Unless once keep in place laws that protect there wealth (smart people have a higher earning potential) and somehow can prevent their children of being send to dumbed schools one can ask how smart it is to be an American Liberal. Not to mention that in states that went even further highly intelligent people run a very high risk of being executed or just locked up for forced intellectual labor .

    But to call it unconventional is a bit unconventional. Probably the reason for the "". Since this it is something that forms a dominant part of the political culture of the so named West for since at least the French Revolution.

    Religion, the current theory goes, did not help people survive or reproduce necessarily, but goes along the lines of helping people to be paranoid, Kanazawa said. Assuming that, for example, a noise in the distance is a signal of a threat helped early humans to prepare in case of danger.
    A bit simplistic view of the function of religion, I have to say.

    Atheism "allows someone to move forward and speculate on life without any concern for the dogmatic structure of a religion," Bailey said.
    So long as you do not question the basic beliefs of modern atheism. Namely there is only the material word and it is utterly profane.

    Kanazawa said. "It's unnatural for humans to be concerned about total strangers." he said.
    Good to hear.

    The study found that young adults who said they were "very conservative" had an average adolescent IQ of 95, whereas those who said they were "very liberal" averaged 106.
    Considering the fact that cultural Marxism has thoroughly infiltrated our universities and had become very successful in making their views dominant, should these results come over as surprising?

    This also fits into Bailey's idea that unconventional preferences appeal to people with higher intelligence, and can also be a means of showing superiority.
    Then why are not more highly intelligent people ethnic nationalist, to name a unconventional preference. So many are more in the socially accepted unconventional preferences that one can ask the question are they really going for something that is an unconventional preference.
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    Sounds a little bit like a piece of propaganda. I just wonder how they defined "Liberal" in this study. If they mean open minded, curious, tolerant towards non-harmful foreign things, I'm sure they are right.

    If they mean "Liberal" in the sense of Cultural Marxism or Economic Liberalism, I doubt thats more common among the most intelligent males.

    The same goes for religion in the sense of "superstition" and simple dogmatic rules and traditions, obviously no intelligent human being which being not indoctrinated from early on or makes a certain more rational approach to god for which he willingly accepts irrationality, there are such people, will just follow any traditional religion. Yet that doesnt have to mean, that they have no mystical or religious feeling at all, one has to be careful about that.

    So as a tendency it makes sense, but one would have to look more on the details to be sure.
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    This also fits into Bailey's idea that unconventional preferences appeal to people with higher intelligence, and can also be a means of showing superiority.
    Quote Originally Posted by GroeneWolf View Post
    Then why are not more highly intelligent people ethnic nationalist, to name a unconventional preference.
    I find the average intelligence level of ethnic nationalists to be considerably high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vestfoldingr View Post
    I find the average intelligence level of ethnic nationalists to be considerably high.
    The problem comes with those people which are probably in a way "Nationalist" but can't work with the term "ethnic", which they dont know, so to say...
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    Liberalism and Atheism are just as restricted thought beliefs and ideologies as say the Right-Wing or any Conservative-form of religion. Intelligence can only be exemplified by those who take on a free-will to thought and power; those who essentially think for themselves and do not limit themselves to any boundary as dogmatic and idiotic as Liberalism or Atheism. Believe what you want, it doesn't make you any less or more intelligent than, say, a right-wing heathen.

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