Low Intelligence & Conservative Beliefs Linked To Prejudice & Racism

I'm A Smart GuyIt took a team of crack scientists to reach this shocking conclusion, reported at Live Science via Yahoo News:

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.

Controversy ahead
The findings combine three hot-button topics.

“They’ve pulled off the trifecta of controversial topics,” said Brian Nosek, a social and cognitive psychologist at the University of Virginia who was not involved in the study. “When one selects intelligence, political ideology and racism and looks at any of the relationships between those three variables, it’s bound to upset somebody.”

Polling data and social and political science research do show that prejudice is more common in those who hold right-wing ideals that those of other political persuasions, Nosek told LiveScience…

[continues at at Live Science via Yahoo News]


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  1. Calypso_1 | Jan 27, 2012 at 8:13 am |

    So we have a spectrum of MR to hate-thoughtcrime.  Time to send the short bus to joycamp.

  2. Just think | Jan 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

    First define racism.  It is simply the belief that your race is superior in some way to another.  I myself would be a racist under that description.  Listen, scienetific research is more complete the longer you research and the more test subjects you have.   For 10000 years one race has dominated the planet, The caucasian race only makes up 20% of the worlds population now, yet its the white nations that fund, feed, cloth and maintain medical care for the world. When you look around, who’s architecture do you see, its ours. If you take whites out of the equation, if they were gone tommorrow what would the world look like.  If you get a chance go to Africa, take some photo graphs with you from when the british were in charge and compare the infrastructure now. Since the British left its a shithole.  When the hatians ran out france, haiti was the second largest sugar producer in the world. France leaves it becomes the biggest shithole in the world. Look at every city, town, state, country and you will find that when whites are majority things are good, but everything falls apart in direct proportion to increase in the minority population.  Can anybody name me one city, town, state, or country that is majority black that isnt a shithole. Also, I have taken many an IQ test, some from ivey league colleges and I average 140 and have scored as high as 180.   Its like everything else though there is a big move in the progressive left to marginalize anyone who isnt gay or minority.  Even in college my physics professor stated blacks were better atheletes, I pointed out that it was a racist statement and ask if we could run the same numbers  based on intelligence, of course the answer was no and I was the racist.   

    • You’re assuming domination of the planet–abusing other people and poisoning the environment to the degree that humans may go extinct–is somehow a sign of superiority.

    • Maybe the white man is just the evilest. Before mass oil production, slaves were the name of the game. Nice buildings are there because slaves/slave laborers built them. Same goes for sugar production. The white man has a long history of evil manipulation that you are confusing with intelligence. All the stupid poor people that live in shitholes without nice buildings or sugar are probably 10 times more happy than all the miserable white people with bottomless holes in there souls. Holes they fill wit garbage like new iphones ever six months, and piece of shit cars for $50,000, and plastic running shoes that cost 200 dollars that some retard wheres on TV. I bet you have an i phone don’t you. You unintelligent conservative.

      • First of all the earliest slavery 8000 BC started in Africa in Lower Egypt and it is an African trend. It had spread everywhere and was practiced by almost all nations and can be still found in some forms in China and Asia. Second, your statement “The white man has a long history of evil manipulation” is  false since there are European nations who have no involvement in any form with the slavery you are referring to.”The men with long history of evil manipulation” involved in the slavery you are referring to are the British and Portuguese and that is by far not all white men. Also, most of the nice buildings in the US are there because european emigrants built them and not the slaves.

        • Thanks history professor. When i said slaves/slave laborer, i meant slaves/slave laborers. Slave laborers work for next to nothing, like the people that built all the nice buildings. Before unions.

          “First of all the earliest slavery 8000 BC started in Africa”
          Who gives a shit.
          Did i say the white man invented the idea? No, but the white man took it to a whole new level.

          Please, enlighten us more with useless titbits of information. Probably searched for on you iphone.

          • TennesseeCyberian | Jan 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm |

            “Probably searched for on you iphone”

            Hands down, the brainiest retort I’ve read all day.

          • Thanks the spelling correction. You just made the internet a better place. I have some papers i can send to you to look over for spelling mistakes too.

            You comment like a woman argues. Pick out a small useless detail and focus on that while ignoring the subject.

            I can’t believe my “r” button didn’t get pressed correctly. I’m such an idiot. I should go kill myself.

            Chek ths yu fcking twat


          • TennesseeCyberian | Jan 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm |

            Look, my passionate anti-racist friend, I point this out for your own good.  If you go about the task of skewering supposedly unintelligent conservatives, you should use proper English.  Looking through your comment, some passages look like a 3rd grader texting.

            As to the subject itself, my only statement is that it is highly ironic that such half-baked studies that link unintelligence with racism rocket across the popular Internet, while relatively in-depth meta-analyses of IQ studies which consistently show a racial hierarchy of average intelligence are pushed out to the fringes.

            The liberal bias seems obvious to me.

            One more thing about your comments, Casper.  I appreciate your sexist sentiment in comparing my nit-picking to the petty argumentation of a woman.  But I should remind you that such sexist comments would be much more entertaining if you just added some racism and religious bigotry in place of self-righteous, badly spelled diatribes.

            Now give ’em hell, kiddo.

          • How exactly do you take slavery to a whole new level?

          • Shipping slaves to different continents to work in mines where the colonized natives were dying because of hard labor? Just a thought.

          • Sounds like plain old, slavery to me not a whole new level of slavery…

          • Really? have you ever wonder why the population of Haiti is, you know, black? perhaps your population redistribution skims are the ones that are beyond comprehension; slavery under the white man took exxon levels both on organization and profit, now, if you think that is ok, maybe we should send you to Africa on a big wooden ship, in chains so you don’t kill yourself, to work a couple of mines there.

          • I guess you never heard of arab slavery?

          • I have, Rome and Greece also practiced it, nobody is denying those facts, I’m not denying that slavery is terrible no matter who practice it; what we are discussing however is if it was done in such a scale as European slavery, and I’m telling that it has not, the white man not only enslaved the natives in the whole American continent, when those slaves were dying out because of exploitation, they populated by force large tracks of land with imported slaves from Africa, uprooting them from their traditions, from their land; the consequences of such an action have been felt not only by the large quantity of people brought, not to mention the ones that committed suicide on the trip, but by their descendants that up until today, centuries later, keep on being discriminated all over the continent. Now, if you have proof that anyone else has come with such an enterprise as to have the population of whole countries transferred as slaves from other continent, please do let me know, otherwise you replies have no meaning.

          • African slaves were sold into slavery by Africans.. why do you hate”
            the white man” so much that you’re blind.

          • I already said that slavery is a terrible crime no matter who practice it, yes it was pretty much extended in different cultures in some way, why do YOU keep on denying that? are you so racist that you cannot see that having the population of 2 continents as slaves is not only wrong, but that it wasn’t done until the white man’s dominance in this world? and that its consequences still reach us far centuries later? bigot.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jan 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

            Aungsan, this troll isn’t worth your grace or intelligence. let them be a racist ignoramous troll, it’s far funnier and more subversive to just laugh at them, then to try to unblock their heads from their arses.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jan 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm |

            My favourite act of the racist, white apologist is when they call you/ or someone they THINK is non-white, a racist (against white people of course). what a f*cking joke you are.

          • hehehe,unblock their heads from their arses, impossible task my friend, I think it actually got stuck deeper.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jan 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm |

            i call it the `trollplosion` when an arguement becomes too much for them, they literally explode into 1st grade scrawlings of hate.

          • You are a PC liberal idiot afraid to learm that arab muslims and BLACK tribal warfare were and still are the perputraters of “BLack ” slavery of slaves from  Africa.

          • I’m sure i’ve read some of your comments on youtube. Or is it that all you racists say the same thing ? ” Africans sold their own into slavery” and why do you hate the white man e.c.t. A little knowledge is dangerous…

          • LOL< its true, you cant change history.more slaves were captured and killed by arab muslims, slavery still exists in Africa today along in accordance with Sharia law.  the arab word for slaves is black, but dont  let me stop your hate whitey circle jerk.

          • sonicbphuct | Jan 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm |

            There have been varying forms of slavery throughout the ages. The modern idea of American “Black” slavery was based on a concept of property not commonly held before the Romans.

            It is known that indigenous North Americans often captured slaves, however, their treatment of them differed markedly from “Black slavery”, among them the idea that a human was property & without rights. Beyond that, different tribes had different customs for handling slaves – some became members of the tribe by default, with full rights of membership, others had severely limited rights.

            However, judging the degree of suffering is futile. We have come to believe that human bondage is inhuman – in any form. Slavery Light vs. Slavery Classic is hardly a line-up I’ll choose sides for.

        • > Second, your statement “The white man has a long history of evil
          manipulation” is  false since there are European nations who have no
          involvement in any form with the slavery you are referring to.”The men
          with long history of evil manipulation” involved in the slavery you are
          referring to are the British and Portuguese and that is by far not all
          white men.

          Your criticism of Casper’s statement is correct, and it is the exact same fallacy your own faulty argument about blacks commits.  You and he are doing the exact same thing.

    • Tuna Ghost | Jan 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm |

      When the hatians ran out france, haiti was the second largest sugar producer in the world. France leaves it becomes the biggest shithole in the world.

      Are you purposely leaving out the part where US forces invade and basically tear apart a democratic government and install a brutal dictator?  Or were you simply unaware?

    • Tuna Ghost | Jan 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm |

      For 10000 years one race has dominated the planet,…

      What the hell are you talking about?  That is demonstrably false.  This is all just half thought-out justifications for white supremacy.  

      • “just think” could have skipped his bullshit justification of his opinion by saying “I hate niggers”. Of course that wouldn’t be very PC, so on the round about he goes…

        Also alot of his other comments are absolute rubbish, so I wouldn’t take what he has to say that seriously, he’s demonstrated a lack of ability to “just think”.

    • “ivey” league.  “atheletes”. etc, etc.  180 IQ.  If you say so, Einstein.  

    • Jin The Ninja | Jan 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm |

      “there is a big move in the progressive left to marginali(s)e anyone who isn’t gay or minority”

      so the left (which in europe and n. america which is mostly white, and heteronormative) is trying to position those marginalised in a place of power thus marginalising the majority?

      where does one, may i ask, attend school to learn of such outright foolishness!?

    • You obviously havent been to china, southeast asia, east asia, south asia.. man, open your eyes, the latin america, tho not very great had great civilisation. China, india and the mongols were a power to reckon with. Just because you guys come out in the media more often than the others, doesnt mean you guys are superior. times are changing… your civilisation is collapsing, n ur gonna blame the immigrants…lol

    • You are a racist, re-read your comment and explain to the world how you’re not a racist? All your examples go by the premise that “after . . . left the country, it became a shit hole. What about before white people brutaly occupied these countries? What do you think would have happend to these countries if they hadn’t been destroyed by westernisation? Or are niggers and gooks (Come on, grow a pair and say what you mean) too stupid to think, develop and progress on their own?

      Do you feel embarrassd that this article is directed at you?

    • sonicbphuct | Jan 29, 2012 at 11:44 am |

      “First Define Racism” – The concept that some nebulous physical characteristics can correctly identify various groups of people, much in the same way we categorize dogs in to “breeds”. Further, it applies additional ‘intangible’ characteristics that are linked, without any identifiable evidence, to those physical characteristics, usually in the form of negative cultural traits. E.g. “laziness”, “stupidity”, “aggression (violence)”, “sexual deviance”, etc, ad nauseum.

      So, once we’ve done that, the rest of your silly monologue is wasted. Given that you are, in fact, not a member of any race, since Races don’t actually exist in any way other than the Unicorn way (that is, it was imagined, and exists as an imaginary creature), you have chosen to call yourself a Unicorn. I congratulate you on your extensive IQ testing and applaud your average 140, however, this sadly provides evidence that even those with “high IQs” can choose not to use them. That is, assuming you’ve actually been tested, even by those Ivy League schools who regularly run IQ tests around the country in service to their fellow man … oh how sarcasm fails here.

      Lets just finish this up with: If you are a racist, you are a unicornist.

  3. Wow, this finally explains why all blacks are racists.

    • In what way?

      • ” People who give in to racism and
        prejudice are dumb, according to a new study… The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. ”  In this way.  And the article above which finally explains why all blacks are racist. Also thanks to the lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario.

        • I fail to see the connection.  We’re talking about dumb people, not blacks.

          Unless you think all blacks are dumb, which according to the article would prove that you’re the dumb one.

          • If your goal here is to talk about dumb people then according to the article above all black are dumb, since there is no evidence of black adults without  prejudiced attitudes. Failing to see the connection is due to your inability to comprehend this simple article, and that can only mean you are dumb.

          • I understand the article.  What you don’t seem to understand is that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

          • You posts are clear evidence of your inability to comprehend this article above, also suggesting your inability to comprehend in general. And your “evidence of absence” is by far not absence of evidence since there is such.

          • Oh please, your “I know you are but what am I” routine is immature and fooling nobody but you.  The article points out that racists are dumb and you’ve proven it by making the prejudiced and illogical assertion that all blacks are prejudiced because the one’s you’ve met react negatively to your own racism.  The article makes perfect sense but you don’t, and it explains why you’re racist.

          • You responses are totally illogical. If “The article points out that racists are dumb” then following that logic blacks are dumb since they are racist. And YES all blacks I’ve met, despite my kindness and benevolence were racists which is the experience of everyone I know as well. The article does make sense which is very hard for you to grasp since you apparently a black racist dumb enough to understand it and who is simply limited to the old stereotype of bitching against white people, since that’s the easiest and only thing a dumb black racist can do.

          • Kant Read | Jan 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm |

            You’re making yourself seem more racist/stupid with every reply.

          • “And YES all blacks I’ve met, despite my kindness and benevolence were racists which is the experience of everyone I know as well”

            You and your lynch mob friends will generaly get a negative response by most in society.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jan 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm |

            lynch mobs for the lynch mob?

          • hahaha sounds like a song Propaghandi would do. So keen.

          • I’m white, fool.  And I’ve gotten along fine with most of the black people I’ve met, so I know, for a fact, that you’re wrong.  The article, on the other hand, is about people like you and it’s right.  Black people don’t dislike you and your friends because you’re white, but because you’re racist.

          • Guest what? I’m not Black, I know all Black people aren’t dumb. There are dumb people in all ethnicity’s. You are obviously a dumb ass.  Please take your guest ass off this page. We intelligent people don’t want you here.  Go suck your boyfriends Dick!

          • Tuna Ghost | Jan 29, 2012 at 4:00 am |

            jesus god it’s like the point of the article came alive and learned to use a keyboard

          • Dude give it up, you’re the only Asshole on this page!  We don’t want you here. Just leave, and go whack off!

          • sonicbphuct | Jan 29, 2012 at 11:20 am |

            you are sooooo cute. It reminds me of a dog I used to have that had had it’s umbilical cord wrapped around its neck when it was born. It would pee while walking, attack garbage cans and “get stuck” rolling around. The poor thing never understood why the other dogs wouldn’t play with it. Though, there is one difference – it never blamed the other dogs for its inability to understand their games.

          • axisofinfinity | Jan 30, 2012 at 4:08 am |

            Most blacks in high poverty gang ridden areas are somewhat racist and uneducated due to shitty schools and rough surroundings. But the same goes for white trash. There both the ignorant extremes.

          • Mr Willow | Jan 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm |

            I don’t know why you’re bothering to argue with him, he’s clearly a #4. 


          • eyeoftheaxis | Jan 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm |

            Chubby #4 fingers hunting and pecking out enough rope to make a noose, is mildly amusing when you figure it eventually ends of in some sort of auto erotic asphyxiation.

          • Gadget Gadget | Jan 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm |

            ends up in — no #6 needed

          • Good answer!

    • gwen jackson | Jan 28, 2012 at 12:27 am |

      no…but your response explains why you’re an asshole.

  4. DeepCough | Jan 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm |

    I think the problem here is so simple that you don’t need to be a social and cognitive psychologist to figure it out. If you must insist on a prejudice or racism, then you are de facto limiting your knowledge by setting arbitrary boundaries for yourself, and most times, that’s rarely a choice, but more due to social conditioning. Because of the first two World Wars, for some reason, it became taboo to teach the German language in public schools, which therefore, limited a child’s chance to understand another language. You can apply this same scenario to the American understanding of Communism. It’s not that Americans hated Communism on a philosophical basis, we hated it on a nationalistic basis, because Communism was espoused by Soviet Russia as a totalitarian philosophy, and Americans couldn’t help but make the connection that Communism is evil. So, you see, racism and prejudice aren’t so much a psychological problem, it’s a political one, pure and simple.

  5. http://wmbriggs.com/blog/?p=5118 

    Yes, sloppy analysis of statistics allows “liberal” (more aptly named “leftist”) individuals to consider themselves intellectually superior to other humans…and just when I thought the left wanted equality, they seem to try to revel in their superiority.  And it is amusing how many insecure lefties will be sharing this “stupid conservatives” article without any research.

    • What i find funny is they start discussing how evil the “white man” is because they bought African slaves from Africans.

  6. SayYouWannaRevolution | Jan 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm |

    And yet the “intellectually-superior” liberals are going to vote for Obama again? How smart can they really be?  

    • Who says they’re going to vote for Obama again?

      • SayYouWannaRevolution | Jan 28, 2012 at 3:13 am |

        I know a lot of liberals. Hell, I used to be one. And they are ALL planning to vote for him again, if for no other reason than they consider him to be the “lesser of two evils”. They are seemingly incapable of acknowledging the fact that the new boss is absolutely, positively no different than the old boss. They are just gonna close their eyes and stick their fingers in their ears and say “la-la-la” all the way to the voting booth, blaming the “other side” for all of the things which they believe could and should have been, instead of looking in a fucking mirror and asking what they did to contribute to this mess in the first place… 

        I looked in that mirror and I fully acknowledge that I drank the Hope/Change Kool-Aid which he poured so smoothly the first time around…I gave him my vote and – in so doing – am partially responsible for all of the things which he has done that I find to be morally reprehensible. We gave him that power and we can take it away by not voting for him again… 

        My vote is my voice and I cannot in good conscience continue to support an unapologetic war criminal…it would be the ultimate slap in the face for the families and friends of all the victims who have lost their lives as a direct result of the illegal and immoral wars which we are currently fighting. That any true liberal or progressive would actually consider giving him the power to continue along this shameful path is flabbergasting, infuriating, and utterly disheartening.  

        • axisofinfinity | Jan 30, 2012 at 4:02 am |

          then who else is there to vote. All the other candidates lie out their asses (or say something with their big money supporters agenda in mind) at least 90% of the time. The rest of the time they attack each other, then every now and then they dodge a real question to answer an attack. At least Obama has made growth and he may be very slightly the lesser evil but he’s the smoothest doing it. I would’ve voted for Ron Paul until i looked into him more (through his website and words). now i almost can’t vote on good conscience… 

  7. Humans are no more superior than a colony of ants. Intelligence is wasted by the unintelligent as much as the intelligent. We are everyone because we could have been anyone. The racists that I’ve come across seem to be generally miserable and suppressed.

    There is freedom in submission. Stop fucking yourselves.

  8. gwen jackson | Jan 28, 2012 at 12:22 am |

    this statistic seems biased; i’m quite certain that liberals are just as stupid as conservatives.

    as evidence, i cite the fact that they still exhibit the tragically deluded belief that there’s any difference between republicans and democrats, even though it’s painfully obvious that both parties are bought off by the same craven capitalist fuckheads.

  9. Philo-Cat | Feb 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm |

    I  have never had so much fun reading comments. Really? Name calling?  Why is it so many need to bully to feel better about themselves? What is it about themselves they hate so much that they must lash out and tear down another person? I don’t trust ANY ONE up for election. Now If I don’t vote for Obama? Who should I? can not vote for the other side.. and no one else is running. If I stay home I have let both sides win.

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