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Wed Apr 24, 2013, 09:27 PM

Multiple Scientific Studies Confirm: Extreme Conservatism Linked To Racism And Low I.Q.

http://aattp.org/multiple-scientific-studies-confirm-extreme-conservatism-linked-to-racism-and-low-i-q/

An article published at Psychology Today by Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.D. of Millennial Media writes about the correlation between far right-wing conservatism, low intelligence and racism.

Saedi writes,

“Hodson and Busseri (2012) found in a correlational study that lower intelligence in childhood is predictive of greater racism in adulthood, with this effect being mediated (partially explained) through conservative ideology. They also found poor abstract reasoning skills were related to homophobic attitudes which was mediated through authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact.”


We checked the study Hodson and Busseri study, and the abstract certainly does say,

“Despite their important implications for interpersonal behaviors and relations, cognitive abilities have been largely ignored as explanations of prejudice. We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice, an effect mediated through the endorsement of right-wing ideologies (social conservatism, right-wing authoritarianism) and low levels of contact with out-groups. In an analysis of two large-scale, nationally representative United Kingdom data sets (N = 15,874), we found that lower general intelligence (g) in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology. A secondary analysis of a U.S. data set confirmed a predictive effect of poor abstract-reasoning skills on antihomosexual prejudice, a relation partially mediated by both authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact. All analyses controlled for education and socioeconomic status. Our results suggest that cognitive abilities play a critical, albeit underappreciated, role in prejudice. Consequently, we recommend a heightened focus on cognitive ability in research on prejudice and a better integration of cognitive ability into prejudice models.”


A January 2012 article in the Journal Live Science also cites the Hodsdon-Busseri study,

“There’s no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb…Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice.”

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Response to hue (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 10:12 PM

1. My dad had a gigantic IQ. He was a racist of the first order.

Next theory.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 10:19 PM

2. Maybe he was an outlier (statistically i mean)

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Response to BootinUp (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 10:23 PM

3. Maybe it has become a generational thing. Seriously.

Raging racism was not unusual in the WWII generation.

Maybe the biggest racists today are frickin' idiots.

I despise racism with every fiber of my being (sorry, Dad, but that was one part of you I did not love), and I am slow to attribute it to being low on the IQ scale.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 09:06 PM

12. Thank You for loving Your father altho He did not agree with Your views & vica versa...

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:31 PM

5. EVERYONE UNDERSTAND THIS!!

BUZZ CLIK'S DAD REPRESENTS ALL PEOPLE!!!!

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Response to Skittles (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:56 PM

6. I'm going to ask you a serious (though completely rhetorical) question: what is the difference...

... between your response to me and that of BootinUp? I mean other than the 21 hour delay and the fact that BootinUp was not acting like a childish jackass.

It's a rhetorical question, and your opinion is meaningless to me, so I'll answer it for you.

Nothing. Well, except the fact the BootinUp actually made a rational observation using statistical vernacular and you were screaming in all caps.

So, I guess what I'm saying is this: You were late for the party, you added nothing, and you behaved like a toddler demanding attention NOW!!!!!1111one Congrats.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:05 PM

8. lemme ask you this

do you understand than an anecdote does not meet the evidence required for a theory to be casually dismissed??? Try not doing that - it sounds VERY idiotic.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:10 PM

9. Before you arrived, this subthread had three very simple posts:

1) My mention of my father.
2) BootinUp pointing out the possibility of that my dad was an outlier.
3) And me conceding the point to BootinUp.

Nearly a day later, you come blasting in, screaming and demanding attention for a point that was already settled. You should feel small and humbled by such a silly display.

Please -- have the last word. I am not longer responding to you on this subject.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #9)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:15 PM

10. I work nights so I am always a day behind

and if you have people on Ignore you do not see their posts

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Response to hue (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 10:59 PM

4. I don't buy it.

This smacks too much of the sociobiology of Arthur Jensen, Edawrd Wilson and William Shockley.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:59 PM

7. Do they say how we prevent this from ruining our country?

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Response to hue (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 09:05 PM

11. A High IQ does not mean a person has a high EQ (Emotional Quotiont)

http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/what-is-emotional-intelligence-eq/

Resistance to change or being inflexible is a key component or personality factor in not being able to see another person's point of view. It also plays a part in learning new information or being on a "learning curve".

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