Sunday, January 29, 2012

Controversial Psychobabble Of The Day

From 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.
For the record, I don't believe that IQ and racism are correlated.

I know some very intelligent people who are racist and some people with limited cognitive skills who aren't racist at all.

I think the important factor is wisdom, by which I mean the application of intelligence. Most or the people described in the article aren't necessarily stupid, just foolish.

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