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Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:38 PM

Study: Fox News Viewers Average Age Higher than Average IQ

In the first of its kind study on intelligence, Brown University incorporated ideology into intelligence quotient calculations. The study looked at intelligence levels up and down the political spectrum, but took the unique approach of factoring in the ‘real world effects of final decisions’ in lieu of the standard tests that fail to take biases and prejudice into account. What they found verified the validity of past studies, but shocked the scientific community with its dramatic variation in degrees. Heading the study was L. Bruce, PhD, who is a pioneer in the field of ideological psychology.

“We knew going into this study that Fox News viewers were misinformed and incorrect on the major issues of our time,” said the bespectacled Bruce. “We also knew that past studies showed a five to ten point difference in the IQ’s of the Fox viewers compared to those who get their news from other sources, but we were unprepared for the precipitous drop that occurred when ideology was thrown into the mix. And it seemed to be inversely proportional to the time spent watching Fox News. The more they watched, the lower the intelligence. What we haven’t determined, is whether the viewing caused the drop in aptitude, or a lower intelligence made one more predisposed to watch Fox.”

Judy Collins, PhD coauthored the study and was forthcoming with the details. “While the average age of Fox News viewers is 73.4, the average IQ, using Doctor Bruce’s scale, is 65.3. Quite a difference. We started with the premise that the end result of intelligence, meaning its practical application, was more important than the pieces that are in place to make any intelligence possible. Kind of like a disassembled watch. All the pieces are there, but it can’t tell time. So, what’s the use, unless one removes, in this case, the ideology that prevents critical thought?

“I’ll give you a real life example. One of our subjects who watches Fox, insisted that the earth is only six thousand years old. We then showed this person a cross section of the sediment of Japan’s Lake Suigetsu, which has 52,800 clear layers that are deposited annually. After a few minutes of silence, this person responded by saying, ‘The earth is six thousand years old.’ So, this person may be capable recognizing numbers in the millions or billions, but can only count to six thousand when it matters. We scored this person, in the mathematics category, the same as one who was capable of only counting to six thousand. The same holds true when there is evidence of global warming, equality of races, or teachers not being responsible for the economic recession, and is completely ignored.”

“While Judy’s watch analogy is apt and rather insightful, I prefer to compare a mind bogged down in ideology with gymnast in a suit of armor,” said Bruce. “The person inside a suit of armor, just like one trapped inside of rigid ideology, may be an uncoordinated lout unable to walk and chew gum at the same time, or they may be a world-class gymnast. But an observer would never know the difference being that all athletic feats attempted would be abject failures. We approached this study with that fact in the forefront of our minds… Now we hope that this study will wake those trapped in their individual suits of armor, and allow them to think more clearly.”



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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:39 PM

1. could be fact

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:45 PM

2. The scary part is...

These people voted in droves this past November.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:45 PM

3. Kick for truthiness n/t

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:54 PM

4. Wow, this is really good! Love the analogies.

And it could be true.

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Response to suede1 (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 05:14 PM

5. Thank you!

Appreciated.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 05:15 PM

6. Can't be true

 

65 is like brain dead.

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Response to railsback (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 05:17 PM

7. Keep the government out of my Medicare n/t

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Response to railsback (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 07:49 PM

27. A 65 Iq is mild mental retardation

 

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Response to railsback (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 09:45 PM

37. Um...

it's satire.

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Response to punkin87 (Reply #37)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 11:55 PM

40. You don't need satire

 

to prove FOX viewers aren't very bright. A better satire would be all the Bradley Manning supporters who believe Manning is a hero - rather than some sad, lonely broken hearts kid looking for love and affection and willing to sell top secret national security files for it - have genius I.Q.s.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 05:46 PM

8. This is great! K & R!

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 05:48 PM

9. Just because someone has a brain doesn't mean they use it.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:11 PM

10. So, what are you saying?

...and I think you are being generous with the average IQ's of Fox viewers. I'm just sayin. I could feel IQ points being plucked directly from my brain even when I accidentally channel surf past fox...it burns!

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Response to hbskifreak (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:47 PM

13. Hello Ski Freak!

Be careful with that remote!

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:44 PM

11. Not as far from the truth as Fox would claim.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:45 PM

12. I'm a dumb sonofabitch

fuck fox

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:49 PM

14. That is very telling........

 

I just googled about 8 different sites about the average U.S. IQ. The numbers (and the postings indicate these are estimates) ranged from 87 to 101. So the average IQ of a Fox News viewer is likely at least 20 points lower than the IQ of the average American.

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Response to Swede Atlanta (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 07:01 PM

18. The average IQ is 100.

By it's very definition.

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Response to Tab (Reply #18)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:15 AM

41. Its very definition. Not "It's"

Just thought I'd correct that this time around in a thread about IQ and practical application.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:54 PM

15. I have a friend with a high IQ and he's an ignorant jackass

Was middle of the road but now he's turning into a fox news right winger. Says he's got a 160 IQ, which I believe, and he's really good at brain teaser and troubleshooting type stuff, but he is also the most incurious and unread person I've ever met. His being "smart" causes him to inflate his ego to the point he feels no need to learn anything from anybody. I can flat out smoke him in any political/policy debate, and it really pisses him off.

High IQ doesn't mean shit if you don't apply it to any useful end.

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Response to Populist_Prole (Reply #15)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 07:51 PM

28. Oi.

I have someone like this in my family and he's a retired MD. I have wondered how an M.D. could come across as so .. uneducated in certain areas. He's the most inflexiable thinker I have ever met.

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Response to deafskeptic (Reply #28)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 08:14 PM

30. Ego?

It's simplified to say intelligence is basically one's ability to "connect the dots": But what if the dots connect in a way said smart guy doesn't jive with innate biases he/she may have?

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