Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:27 PM
meow2u3 (15,400 posts)
Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice
There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.
The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. 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, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.
"Prejudice is extremely complex and multifaceted, making it critical that any factors contributing to bias are uncovered and understood," he said.
I have one thing to say. Do we need a freakin' study to state the obvious?
9 replies, 1987 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice (Original post)
|Blaze Diem||Jan 2012||#4|
|Wait Wut||Jan 2012||#5|
|Ship of Fools||Jan 2012||#9|
Response to meow2u3 (Original post)
Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:29 PM
Gman (22,094 posts)
1. It's why they can't do shades of gray
they need the structure. If we had N Korea's government, they would be happy because they have to have someone to worship, have to have someone to hate and blame, and someone to make them feel superior in their subservience.
It's why successful revolutions often involve locking up the intellectuals.
Of course we didn't need a poll to tell us this.