Study: Are Liberals Smarter Than Conservatives?

  • metta

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    Feb 27, 2010 3:13 AM GMT
    Study: Are Liberals Smarter Than Conservatives?


    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1968042,00.html
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    Feb 27, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    CIRCLE JERK TIME
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    Feb 27, 2010 3:36 AM GMT
    As someone who'd like to think that liberals are smarter on the whole, this study seems absolutely baseless and a complete waste of the absurd amount of grant money this asshole probably got to write it.
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    Feb 27, 2010 3:37 AM GMT
    Also, I should expect more from the london school of ECON. They gave us Naomi Klein for fuck's sake.
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    Feb 27, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    The funny thing about the article is that it points out that a lot of liberals don't even know what it means to be liberal. So how smart can "liberals" be if they don't know what it means to be "liberal"? Of course the same article says self identifying conservatives are also physically stronger.

    More here:
    http://www.american.com/archive/2009/october/are-liberals-smarter-than-conservatives

    The distinction should be made though between social conservatism and economic conservatism. Given how signals in markets work, there should be little surprise that they're far more efficient than any single smaller group of policymakers who attempt to allocate resources be they conservative, liberal or brilliant astrophysicists.
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    Feb 27, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    I think RUSH L...Is the biggest Dumb ass around and so I agree!
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    Feb 27, 2010 4:16 AM GMT
    Study: Are Liberals Smarter Than Conservatives?

    Infinitely. Conservatives act according to what they've been told, and what has been done before, whereas Liberals think for themselves, and try to look for new solutions. It takes more brain power to think original thoughts than to follow engrained precedent.

    Unfortunately, it's also the political weakness of liberals. If you all think for yourselves, you will be less likely to all vote in lock-step. On the other hand, conservatives, all doing what they're told and as precedent dictates, will vote as they're obliged, and so they have greater political power at the polls by the monolithic nature of their unthinking obedience. If you all think alike, you will all vote alike, and that blind fanaticism will always give right-wingers an edge in politics.
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    Feb 27, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
    BronzeChew saidCIRCLE JERK TIME


    LOL
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    Feb 27, 2010 4:54 AM GMT
    Yes, and so are left-handers. Left wing, liberals, smarter.
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    Feb 27, 2010 5:12 AM GMT
    Let's get ready to rrrrruuuuummbbbllleeee!!!!!
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    Feb 27, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    Goes without even saying. Compare today's leading liberals with leading conservatives. It's not even a contest. The very nature of conservatism is to conserve the status quo. This is an impossibility. Change is the only reality. Anyone who would identify with an ideology that goes against reality ain't too smart.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 27, 2010 6:23 AM GMT
    Yes! by about 1-3 brain cellsicon_smile.gif
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    Feb 27, 2010 8:06 AM GMT
    I doubt that they are. That would mean the average intelligence of Cubans, North Koreans and Chinese was higher than that of Americans, which is inherently improbable when dealing with that number of people.

    I´ll read the article now.

    OK, they need to take into account a person´s inherited beliefs. It does take a lot of gumption for someone growing up in a conservative background to reject it and change, and the opposite is of course true. Some liberals are very mentally weak and some conservatives very bright.
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    Feb 27, 2010 8:13 AM GMT
    Probably, if not obviously more emotionally intelligent (which can take someone a long way) but not sure in terms of IQ.

    The article seems to veer its conclusion in that direction too, although it doesn't do so explicitly.
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    Feb 27, 2010 8:35 AM GMT
    . . . your source speaks volumes . . . Time ceased being a serious publication decades ago . . . platitudes for the masses . . .Henry Luce must be spinning in his grave . . .