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.
Have not seen the show yet (it's DVR'd), but apparently Bill Maher discussesd this study with his panel last night:
I didn't need a formal study to convince me that low IQ is linked to racism, prejudice, and overly simplistic & rigid world views, but I would add that even smart people can choose to be ignorant. In my own family I see a version of this.
There are 5 kids in my family: I have 4 brothers and then there is me. Four out of the 5 of us have college degrees and most of us have significant post graduate studies under our belt as well. Now I'm not saying my one brother who chose not to pursue a college degree is dumb or has a low IQ, he's not and he doesn't, but isn't it ironic that this is the brother who absolutely, positively knows, without even a scintilla of a doubt that my gay son is going to spend an eternity in hell for choosing to be gay?