For the most part. Judging anyone without knowing anything about them is a sign of lower intelligence.

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Those who judge others before knowing anything about them will themselves be judged, &, I agree that this '...is a sign of lower intelligence...' There is something called the Golden Rule as spoken of in the Holy Bible: 'Do unto others as you would done unto you.' In other words, treat people the same way you wish to be treated.

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The Bible isn't the only religious document to state the rule. Just about every single religion has some variation of the golden rule.

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Sage Ashtavakra was having 8 deformities, when he walked into court of a king limping awkwardly courtiers laughed. he said king was supposed to be surrounded by wise men, but here only butchers and cobblers are present as I am being judged by my flesh and skin

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In most cases, yes. However I've met well educated, intelligent people who have incredible "blind spots".

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Absolutely!!! I have met some university students with BSc. degrees who work as cashiers in drugstores, and, I have met some truly brilliant trades people (e.g. Carpenters, mechanics, welders, etc.) who would put many of those with a post-secondary education to shame. Many of those who are racist and conservative come from traditional families who honestly believe in '...corporal punishment & capital punishment...' as a means to deal with young offenders and hardened criminals. However, I know from my own personal experience that the outdated notion, '...an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth...' does not guarantee safety and security. Instead, common sense and open communication will bring safety and security to our messed up world.

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i dont totally disagree with you but i do believe that a rapist or a pedophilile put to death will guarantee safely and securely that they will not do it again

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So would changing laws to keep them incarcerated for the rest of their natural lives. It would be cheaper, too.

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thats right diewasseratte, it is cheaper to keep someone in prison....A lot cheaper. It is immoral to use death as a punishment....it isn't a punishment and it is not a deterrent.

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@ladyhiannon824: Agreed.

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over educated? Yeah, sure...your kind would be afraid of people who know too much. Intelligence is scary, that's why you people avoid it.

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Atri - Not just the current administration but a whole lot of these self proclaimed Superior liberals.

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ladyrhiannon824 - Anyone who doesn't know enough history to know that the KKK was populated by liberal democrats and that the liberal democrats fought the equal rights and desegregation can hardly call them selves intelligent or educated.

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Twyla, you assume too much, if you can't follow what I saw when I say it and cannot follow what I am referring to than I suggest you get on the bandwagon and stay silent. Maple....I am actually talking about now, today, you know.....where we live NOW. Political parties are not what they are today sweet heart. Andrew Jackson was the founder of the democratic party even though, by today's standards he would be a republican. You see, here is how the english language works....we make up words based off of other words and then we apply meaning to those words which can change over time because of new developments in societal and cultural structure and trends.....duh.

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Racism, prejudice, and conservatism (I feel sure) is linked to a *lot* of things other than a person with a low IO. That's the problem with statistics; they set out to *enforce* a thought which is already set out and the quotas are bounced around to suit the question they are out to 'prove'. What they did *not* do in this study was to see what else the *same* people had in common. It could be that they loved to eat at Mc Donalds, preferred Coke to Pepsi and showered using shower gel.<br />
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Indeed. After all, there's nothing like a classic "Hitler loved dogs" argument. Boy, am I sure convinced!

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What a bunch of leftwing loonsense!

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I agree, lumping conservatives in with racism and prejudice is like lumping liberals in with serial killers.

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I think it has a lot to do with upbringing and what you're exposed to. A very bright person could be a racist if they were raised to believe that and then were never taught any better.

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Depends on your definitions,..but calling the low I.Q.card seems a bit condascending or judgemental in my opinion..Many studies are constructed around pre-determined agendas,.and are just academic hogwash..I think we also need a "common-sense quotient" with most things these days.

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it was a study on intelligence, of course they are going to bring up people from the lower end of the spectrum.

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Satoshi Kanazawa, a social scientist at the London School of Economics, who did "your" study is pretty much discredited and a non intellectual himself. He also claims that low IQ in Ethiopians is the reason they have such poor health care!

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Dr. Gordon Hodson did the study I think. It's his name on the actual study: http://pss.sagepub.com/content/23/2/187.full

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huffington post is linked to low IQ's. It's been proven.

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As a liberal leaning person, I love articles like that. As a fair and open minded person, I want to know the source. The Huffington Post is a self proclaimed liberal information source, so right bashing is suspect. I went to the article and it said that the accusation was a "a qualified yes." This says that statistically, there is a slight tendency for lower IQ people to be racist, prejudice, and conservative. I don't doubt that, but I also know that many very brilliant people are conservative. Morons didn't orchestrate the financial fraud that killed our economy, and then allowed them to walk away with huge bonuses from the U.S. Treasure. <br />
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The more defining aspect from my experience, is the person's level of tolerance for change (liberal high - conservative low,) and their ability to feel compassion and empathy (again, liberal high - conservative low.)<br />
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My two cents.

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I like your cents

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The banks and wall street had the government kill the Glass–Steagall Act making their actions, which would have been criminal under the act, "legal." Most Americans consider what they did criminal. You can push the blame onto Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, but it was the banks and Wall Street that were writing bad loans, packaging the loans, and marketing them as top quality investments.

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These are the major laws that resulted in the sub-prime mess. Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 - largely bipartisan. ...... The Garn–St. Germain Depository Institutions Act of 1982, a Regan initiative with strong bipartisan support. The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act of 1999 was introduced by the Republicans that the act was named after. During debate in the House of Representatives, Rep. John Dingell (Democrat of Michigan) argued that the bill would result in banks becoming "too big to fail." Dingell further argued that this would necessarily result in a bailout by the Federal Government. ..... The Republicans did not fight the bills all the way.

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You just cited a Huffington Post article. That, in and of itself discredits that claim. I love how they threw in conservatism there. <br />
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What's more, such a broad generalization could be made about the other side. "A study indicates that joblessness, low income, an inability to succeed in business and liberalism is linked to low IQs." Makes about as much sense.

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The conclusion of the study is unremarkable: "The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood". The study cannot be used to generalize about conservatives, just a generalization about lower IQ people.

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Agreed. Sadly, though, too many people see "...published in Psychological Science.." and assume it's legitimate. I've found in most research studies, when you break down the controls used, most conclusions drawn have less to do with the study and more to do with the people drawing the conclusions.

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"You just cited a Huffington Post article. That, in and of itself discredits that claim. " You realize that the Huffington Post didn't do the study, right? They are just one of many who reported about it and I happened to use their link.

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I do realize that. However, if I cited Fox News using that study, the first thing that would hit your mind would be, "this should be a legitimate story". I read Huffington Post all the time. So I know who they are. I can assure you, if the study replaced the word "conservative" with "liberal", they wouldn't have reported the article.

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Honestly, I was very surprised that the 'daily mail' published an article on it. Normally publications with a political slant aren't willing to touch stories that might offend their readers, as you touched upon.

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they wouldn't have reported it if they put liberal because then it would be UNTRUE!

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I would say it is a matter of ignorance for a large part. People haven't a clue what being a conservative or what the platform is even really about. People have gotten extremely polarized about hot button issues but those issues in themselves are not what the core of conservatism is about. It would be like saying all Liberals are homosexuals. People unfortunately align themselves with what they relate to or were brought up to believe and don't truly educate themselves. They rely on propaganda like Fox news and never actually go try to find out what is truth or fiction. Somehow being liberal has the stigma of being weak and soft and no matter how much reason and logic you use with someone with that mentality they won't hear a word of it. Lastly it is about fear and fear is an emotion that brings about all kinds of other bad things like hate and anger for example. Nothing good can come from confrontation with people in that mind set.

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I agree wholeheartedly. The racism and prejudice is a given with lower IQ's, and it only makes sense that conservatives (i.e. Republicans) have a lower IQ as well

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This is just another liberal pseudo intellectual with a preconceived opinion, cherry picking facts to support their own bias and this question is an obvious attempt by a liberal to stir shiet by calling their opponents names rather than supporting their liberalism with facts.<br />
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The Huffington Post is not an unbiased news source

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This question is about the study, not about huffington post or me as an individual. I thought the study would make for some interesting and lively debate about bias and/or scientific studies.

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"impossible to actually define "conservative" I'm pretty sure they were referring to different conservative ideologies rather than just conservatism in a broad sense.

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The republican party wishes to entirely do away with the environmental protection agency...so yes, they are all for polluting the environment because they don't care, they can afford to buy filtered or distilled.

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ForgottenMuse - Any person with some moderate amount of intelligence would have to know that asking this question in this forum was going stir up emotions, so it would have been either intentional or they were lacking in foresight themselves.

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You are wrong again, Conservatives don't want to do away with environmental controls the simply want a equal balance struck between environmental concerns and the need for Industry and jobs in our country. The present environmental restrictions are so strict that they are forcing the outsourcing of jobs overseas to places with no controls at all. which in the long run is counterproductive to protecting the environment and US jobs.

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Anything that does harm to the environment does harm to the Earth, and does harm to the sky, and does harm to the water, and does harm to humans. Human convenience has for far too long been the focus rather than the prevention of further environmental decay. More republican propaganda to try and steer the weak minded. Republicans are not interested in making good paying, long lasting jobs with vacation, pension, and benefits....they want labor jobs....menial, work horse positions that don't pay enough to pay the bills. Corporate welfare is set up in part to keep business profits up and still give them the ability to cut pay, pension, and job positions.

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Disagree. It has nothing to do with IQ's it has a lot to do on how one is brought up in there environment, be it good bad or ugly, the ones that fallow on what they are told will stay the coarse most of the time, then theirs others that question what they see as wrong and ether speaks out or stay silent and see if someone ells makes a move on it....So i disagree on the study!...Respectfully my opinion and the fact I'm not into political correctness on the behavior of you and I. [ not you in particular just the all ]

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I find this rather....well, hateful seems harsh, but along those lines.

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I have known this for years. It is blatantly obvious. I would like it if everyone would stop pretending like conservatives, racists, bigots, misogynists, and stupid people are all different groups of people. THEY ARE usually THE SAME PEOPLE. Go out and find me a racist liberal....I dare you. Sure there are liberals that are stupid too, but the study was never meant to make ALL stupid people synonymous with conservatives.

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Why do you not mention misandrists? Are you a female supremacist bigot yourself? It certainly sounds like it.

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misandrists?...yeah, uh huh....sure.

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What? A lib that doesn't know what misandry is.

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It is an absurd term that conservatives like to throw around just like reverse discrimination and christian victimization.

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there is no "nation of Islam"...Islam is not a nation. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are also not racists, that is stupid. You see, there was this thing called slavery.....

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you are scattering your brain all over the place, try not to strain yourself. The slavery in Africa and Asia is well known but has absolutely nothing to do with what we are talking about. Those africans are not african-americans and the after affects of american slavery are still felt today. Btw, there is slavery in white dominated societies genius, they just don't call it slavery....its called corporate america and human trafficking....and they are both in good old america. Also, Al Sharpton has not waged war on Jews.

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your knowledge is based on fanatical interpretations of information and you are doing what moat of your kind does....twisting my words to make them sound like something else. Perhaps you are just so stupid that you can't register what I am saying. I am trying to discuss this country and you are focusing on the scary foreigner that have absolutely NO effect on your life whatsoever. You people just enjoy feeling like victims for once.

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You seem to be the word twisting champion, You need to read some history, the slave traders that brought African slaves to the USA didn't go out and capture them themselves, Those Africans were sold into slavery by their own people. So you want to know who the descendants of the slave traders are - go look in the mirror.

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You are assuming i am black...that is funny. So....I already knew that....what's your point?

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oh, so you are actually PART of the problem....that explains a lot. you cannot follow this conversation, and since you cannot make any rational points, and you are reverting to childish name calling, this conversation is over.

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Person;'s with higher IQ's or more experience in lying are usually better in hiding their racism. That mean's they have the same issues but are less honest about it.

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Speaking as a Social Scientist, I would assert that most racism and prejudice is attributable to ignorance, and cultural environment. There are those within such a culture who know that what is being professed is wrong, twisted, or misguided, but to co-exist, they silently accept the errors and live on in quiet frustration. But, too, I believe there others who are just lacking in intelligence to figure out what is truth. As a friend of mine is fond of saying: "you just can't fix stupid"

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"I would assert that most racism and prejudice is attributable to ignorance" Since you are a social scientist please let me take a moment to ask you, do you think the ignorance involved is a willful ignorance or a blind sort of ignorance? I ask because I have debated white supremacists before and they seemed to just automatically disregard anything that disagreed with their worldview.

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Have you debated supremacists from any other faction? If not, then why not? Are you not aware that there are supremacists from virtually every sizable group, or are you merely attempting to incite hatred against White people for how evil, bigoted, and backward they must be? As a Native American, I find such characterizations to be wholly evil.

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Yes, I have argued with other types of racists but spent a good week debating droves of white ones when they invaded a channel of a person I follow on YT cause someone posted a link to a video up on stormfront to get other racists to troll it. However, even if I hadn't *ever* debated a racist of a different background that would not remotely imply that I am okay with other racists or that I am just looking to put white people down. Your entire argument is a huge non sequitur. "attempting to incite hatred against White people for how evil, bigoted, and backward they must be?" Considering that I am a white person, your argument is quite silly. " As a Native American, I find such characterizations to be wholly evil." what characterizations, the ones you just put into my mouth? lol Seriously, nice try with the strawman but no dice.

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Oh and I read some of your posts like this that you wrote to a sixteen year old girl because she dates outside of her race: "Wow. This is some messed up crap. Good luck breeding yourself out of the White gene pool, you crazy bigot. To wit, your bigotry is not normal or acceptable merely because you copy the bullies of the day and do not care about your own people who are a tiny minority of the global population. Instead, you are along the lines of Stalin, Hitler, and Mao Tse Tung--some very evil, genocidal maniacs. You're no different than those who marched my ancestors over the Trail of Tears." You sir ARE a racist and a vile, bullying one at that.

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"The problem I see here is no white supremeists, but you ignoring the facts and history of Racism in this country and other places all over th world." Demonstrate, by pasting here which statements I have made on this Q &amp; A that 'ignored the facts and history of racism' which, may I add, has a very broad scope. I dare you to show the evidence that I did such a thing.

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I think that it is willful ignorance. When we consider the White Supremists in the South, most of them are born into, and raised in, poverty. Hating other races gives them a scapegoat; it's easier for them to hold someone else responsible for their conditions than it is for them to take responsibility and initiative. I've met religious fanatics who weren't much different in their approach to religion than the supremists are in their approaches to racism. I like your term "Willful ignorance". That term is very appropriate.

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I'm Native American myself. Gagik indoojinokos. In Ojibwe that mean, "my name is Hawk". I have encountered hatred against Native Americans all my life, and I've found it largely to be cultural. They hate Native Americans because their parents hated Native Americans. I'm also Catholic, You wanna battle Supremists? Try being a Catholic Indian.

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"I've met religious fanatics who weren't much different in their approach to religion than the supremists are in their approaches to racism." True. Their approach to argument was very similar to that of young earth creationists I have talked to.

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I get the link to racism and prejudice as they are motivated and fueled by ignorance and irrational fear. I can also see that many prejudiced people would also identify themselves as conservatives. But, given that many of the top earners in this country are also conservatives, I would think low IQ is not the only predictor of political ideology nor are conservatives, as a general rule, less intelligent than liberals.

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"I would think low IQ is not the only predictor of political ideology nor are conservatives, as a general rule, less intelligent than liberals." I agree with that 110%

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Thank you for a great Question which got everyone thinking.

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No, thank you for you answer. It was very well crafted.

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The IQ of many people behind bars exceeds that of the average american so aligning IQ with conservative and liberal would be a fallacy. I would venture to say that through out history it would be a pretty even division between conservative and liberal values among the most intelligent people who have ever lived.

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i dn not agree

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