Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Why Liberals Are Smarter Than Conservatives

Psychology Today's blog, the Scientific Fundamentalist, offered an ingenious explanation for the fact that Conservatives are less intelligent than Liberals: because "... more intelligent individuals are more likely to espouse the value of liberalism than less intelligent individuals, possibly because liberalism is evolutionarily novel and conservatism is evolutionarily familiar."

Before looking at this hypothesis, it is well to dispel all argument over the thesis that Liberals are smarter than Conservatives with Scientific Fundamentalist's graph:

"Analyses of large representative samples, from both the United States and the United Kingdom, confirm this prediction (that "... more intelligent individuals are more likely to espouse the value of liberalism than less intelligent individuals, possibly because liberalism is evolutionarily novel and conservatism is evolutionarily familiar.").  In both countries, more intelligent children are more likely to grow up to be liberals than less intelligent children.   For example, among the American sample, those who identify themselves as “very liberal” in early adulthood have a mean childhood IQ of 106.4, whereas those who identify themselves as “very conservative” in early adulthood have a mean childhood IQ of 94.8.

The explanation, while likely to goggle the minds of the average Conservative sheeplet because it has a lot of big words, is a snap for Liberals to grasp:

First our terms - "It is difficult to define a whole school of political ideology precisely, but one may reasonably define liberalism (as opposed to conservatism) in the contemporary United States as the genuine concern for the welfare of genetically unrelated others and the willingness to contribute larger proportions of private resources for the welfare of such others.  In the modern political and economic context, this willingness usually translates into paying higher proportions of individual incomes in taxes toward the government and its social welfare programs. Liberals usually support such social welfare programs and higher taxes to finance them, and conservatives usually oppose them."

The explanation - "Defined as such, liberalism is evolutionarily novel. Humans (like other species) are evolutionarily designed to be altruistic toward their genetic kin, their friends and allies, and members of their deme (a group of intermarrying individuals) or ethnic group. They are not designed to be altruistic toward an indefinite number of complete strangers whom they are not likely ever to meet or interact with. This is largely because our ancestors lived in a small band of 50-150 genetically related individuals, and large cities and nations with thousands and millions of people are themselves evolutionarily novel.

"The examination of the 10-volume compendium The Encyclopedia of World Cultures, which describes all human cultures known to anthropology (more than 1,500) in great detail, as well as extensive primary ethnographies of traditional societies, reveals that liberalism as defined above is absent in these traditional cultures. While sharing of resources, especially food, is quite common and often mandatory among hunter-gatherer tribes, and while trade with neighboring tribes often takes place, there is no evidence that people in contemporary hunter-gatherer bands freely share resources with members of other tribes.

"Because all members of a hunter-gatherer tribe are genetic kin or at the very least friends and allies for life, sharing resources among them does not qualify as an expression of liberalism as defined above. Given its absence in the contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, which are often used as modern-day analogs of our ancestral life, it may be reasonable to infer that sharing of resources with total strangers that one has never met or is not likely ever to meet – that is, liberalism – was not part of our ancestral life. Liberalism may therefore be evolutionarily novel, and the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely than less intelligent individuals to espouse liberalism as a value.

"Incidentally, this finding substantiates one of the persistent complaints among conservatives. Conservatives often complain that liberals control the media or the show business or the academia or some other social institutions..They control the institutions because liberals are on average more intelligent than conservatives and thus they are more likely to attain the highest status in any area of (evolutionarily novel) modern life."

To reiterate our stance at Criminalize Conservatism, the Republican Party is composed of a few smart, wealthy leaders and a slew of dummies with Authoritarian Personalities.  The dummies should be made aware of how their leadership has brainwashed them, then reeducated and somehow made aware of their responsibilities to their brothers and sisters on earth.

It is the leadership that must face punishment for their culpability in murderous and treasonous activities, and restitution from their historic thievery must be made to those that were robbed by them.


"Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end."
William Shakespeare