Liberals and their IQ cake

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by Albert Brenner

Everybody knows it is not very intelligent to want your cake and eat it. Yet, this is exactly what many liberals do when it concerns discourses surrounding the validity and applicability of IQ tests/scores. That the aforementioned is still a very sensitive issue needs no further elaboration.

Unfortunately ill fortune still awaits any serious writer when s/he addresses the IQ question in a frank manner, except when it comes to criminalizing the conservative (heterosexual) Pale Male, of course.

In a recent article in the science section of the left-wing Huffington Post newspaper, “evidence” was provided to prove that “racists” have low IQ scores.

According to the study`s lead author, Dr. Gordon Hodson, a professor of psychology at Brock University in Ontario, “People of low intelligence gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, which stress resistance to change and, in turn, prejudice…”

His sentiments were echoed by Dr. Brian Nosek, a University of Virginia psychologist, “ Reality is complicated and messy… Ideologies get rid of the messiness and impose a simpler solution. So, it may not be surprising that people with less cognitive capacity will be attracted to simplifying ideologies.”

Now, seeing that one of the gods of the left, Karl Marx, imposed a “simpler solution” called dialectical-materialism on (the) “complicated and messy” Reality – by, basically, reducing everything to the monopoly of the means of production – it surely must cut both ways.

Meaning that both conservatives and liberals are, ultimately, equally prone to simpler solutions, ergo, being equal in the capacity to be people of low intelligence. Nosek readily admits to this logic; stating that less intelligent types might be attracted to liberal “simplifying ideologies“ as well as conservative ones.

It therefore suffices to say that this research only proved that the opposite of its hypothesis is also true. Rather “scientific”, wouldn’t you say? But that, obviously, did not dissuade the Huffington Post to boldly title this article Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism.

Their prejudice (low IQ?) is even more evident in the opening paragraph of said article, “Are racists dumb? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes”.

Another example; in a recent article titled IQ tests: women score higher than men, in the left-wing British newspaper The Telegraph, it was boldly stated that women are more intelligent than men.The article quoted a certain Helena Jamieson… who said: “I think women probably always knew deep down that they were the more intelligent ones – but as the gentler sex we were quiet about it and let men continue to believe they ruled the world.”

Now just imagine if a man had said, “I think men probably knew deep down that they were the more intelligent ones…“ Can you just imagine the furious outcry that would have caused, especially on the part of feminists?

As is glaringly evident in the above examples, liberals have absolutely no qualms in recognizing the scientific legitimacy/validity of IQ tests when it comes to nailing conservative Pale Males. Yet, when it comes to acknowledging the very same instrument as a scientifically legitimate tool to, for example, measure the difference in average IQ scores between blacks and whites, all hell breaks loose!

Be that as it may; the left certainly has a Gollum-like approach to IQ. A warped approach akin to acknowledging that a thermometer can measure warm temperatures, but when it gets cold, it suddenly does not “function” anymore.

The above irrationality is perfectly illustrated by the liberal columnist John Wiener of The Nation magazine. He wrote an article in lieu of the dismissal of Dr Jason Richwine from the Heritage Foundation. Wiener basically accused Richwine of “racism”. In his articleWhy Did Harvard Give a PhD for a Discredited Approach to Race and IQ?, Wiener wrote: “Both ‘race’ and ‘intelligence’ are culturally constructed notions, not biological or genetic facts. None of this is hard to understand.”

Yet in his conclusion, he wrote the following: “The last word in this story goes to a study published in 2012 in the journal Psychological Science. ‘In an analysis of two large-scale, nationally representative United Kingdom data sets (N = 15,874),’ the researchers wrote, ‘we found that lower general intelligence (g) in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood.'”

It really does seem that liberals want their IQ cake and eat it. It is a pity they do not allow conservative (heterosexual) Pale Males the same Gollum-like leeway. On the contrary; if the latter just mentions the words “race” and “IQ” then they will most certainly be crucified … like Dr Thilo SarrazinProf James WatsonDr Jason Richwineet cetera.

The fact that any scientific inquiry into the differences between the races is a political landmine field guarded by the left, has its origins in a deliberate lie told by one of its doyens, Margaret Mead.

As the conservative columnist Christopher F. Chabris notes; “Before World War II, for example, the anthropologist Margaret Mead, presumably basing herself on her observations of non-Western cultures, wrote: ‘We are forced to conclude that human nature is almost unbelievably malleable, responding accurately and contrastingly to contrasting cultural conditions.’ Later, Mead admitted that what forced this conclusion was not the data she had collected but the political goals she espoused: ‘We knew how politically loaded discussions of inborn differences could become. . . . (I]t seemed clear to us that [their] further study . . . would have to wait upon less troubled times.'”

Well, these “troubled times” are still upon us. Difference has not disappeared. On the contrary, it has got progressively worse.

But then, what else could be expected from those who want their cake and eat it?

  • FW is ‘n Drol

    Difference between liberal blacks and conservative blacks?

    Liberal ones are the SUPER stupid group of their race, whereas Conservative ones are the SUPER smart ones of their race.

  • Boerseun.Z.A.R

    These liberals need their heads read.

  • haloz

    I’m not sure there exists a difference in IQ between conservatives or liberals, however since most universities are dominated by the left, they tend to use this as “proof” that they are smarter.

    During apartheid all the universities were left-leaning in their outlook and political agendas. WITS University in particular had the worst reputation as being a hostile breeding ground for leftist radicals. Even our beloved Dan Roodt was radicalised on this campus. LOL!

  • dools

    Ha ha .. must be true…. Malema .. case in point. How do they define racist? Lucky for me then that I am a ‘culturalist’ and
    not a racist – lol. Oh the logic of these people

  • Pallidus Masculus

    Why the debate? This matter was settled more than 2000 years ago:
    Ecclesiastes 10:2: The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
    but the heart of the fool to the left.

  • Jon Low

    Being short on cash may make you a bit slower in the brain, a new study suggests.

    People worrying about having enough money to pay their bills tend to
    lose temporarily the equivalent of 13 IQ points, scientists found when
    they gave intelligence tests to shoppers at a New Jersey mall and
    farmers in India. The idea is that financial stress monopolises thinking, making other
    calculations slower and more difficult, sort of like the effects of
    going without sleep for a night.
    And this money-and-brain crunch applies, albeit to a smaller degree,
    to about 100 million Americans who face financial squeezes, say the
    team of economists and psychologists who wrote the study published in
    Friday’s issue of the journal Science.

    “Our paper isn’t about poverty. It’s about people struggling to make
    ends meet,” said Sendhil Mullainathan, a Harvard economist and study
    co-author. “When we think about people who are financially stressed, we
    think they are short on money, but the truth is they are also short on
    cognitive capacity.”

    If you are always thinking about overdue bills, a mortgage or rent,
    or college loans, it takes away from your focus on other things. So
    being late on loans could end up costing you both interest points and IQ
    points, Mullainathan said.

    The study used tests that studied various aspects of thinking
    including a traditional IQ test, getting the 13 IQ point drop, said
    study co-author Jiaying Zhao, a professor of psychology and
    sustainability at the University of British Columbia.
    The scientists looked at the effects of finances on the brain both
    in the lab and in the field. In controlled lab-like conditions, they had
    about 400 shoppers at Quaker Bridge Mall in central New Jersey consider
    certain financial scenarios and tested their brain power. Then they
    looked at real life in the fields of India, where farmers only get paid
    once a year. Before the harvest, they take out loans and pawn goods.
    After they sell their harvest, they are flush with cash.

    Mullainathan and colleagues tested the same 464 farmers before and
    after the harvest and their IQ scores improved by 25 percent when their
    wallets fattened.

    “It’s a very powerful effect,” said study co-author Eldar Shafir, a
    Princeton University psychology professor. “When you are dealing with
    budgetary finances, it does intrude on your thinking. It’s at the top of
    your mind.”
    In the New Jersey part of the study, the scientists tested about 400
    shoppers, presenting them with scenarios that involved a large and a
    small car repair bill. Those with family incomes of about US$20,000
    scored about the same as those with US$70,000 incomes on IQ tests when
    the car bill was small. But when the poorer people had to think about
    facing a whopping repair bill, their IQ scores were 40 percent lower.

    Education differences can’t be a major factor because the poor only
    scored worse when they were faced with big bills, Safir said. The more
    educated rich may have learned to divide their attention, but that
    wouldn’t be a significant factor, he said.

    The study’s authors and others say the results contradict
    long-standing conservative economic social and political theory that say
    it is individuals – not circumstances – that are the primary problem
    with poverty. In the case of India, it was the same people before and
    after, so it can’t be the person’s fault.

    “For a long time we’ve been blaming the poor for their own failings,” Zhao said. “We’re arguing something very different.”
    Poverty researcher Kathryn Edin of Harvard, who wasn’t part of the
    study, said the research “is a big deal that solves a critical puzzle in
    poverty research.”

    She said poor people often have the same mainstream values about
    marriage and two-parent families as everyone else, but they don’t seem
    to act that way. This shows that it’s not their values but the situation
    that impairs their decision-making, she said.

    • Ratel

      It’s a tautology. If you’re poor, then you worry. If you worry then you become stupid. If you’re stupid then you become poor and then you worry. If you worry…