A new sociological study suggests that atheists and liberals have higher IQs than conservatives and the faithful.
The study doesn't indicate a vast gulf, but it does indicate a gap. The author, Satoshi Kanazawa, London School of Economics and Political Science evolutionary psychologist, says it's down to pushing beyond old evolutionary lessons, towards what he termed "evolutionarily novel" behavior.
For instance, he said: "Liberalism, caring about millions of total strangers and giving up money to make sure that those strangers will do well, is evolutionarily novel."
According to the study, young "not at all religious" adults had an average IQ of 103. Young "very religious" adults had an average IQ of 97.
Hmmm... For the conservative religious types out there, I should note this represents a gap of six IQ points.
The study, in the new Social Psychology Quarterly (your's may not have arrived yet) also notes that young "very liberal" adults had an average IQ of 106 and young "very conservative" adults had average IQs of 95.
Of course liberals are so smart just one liberal in Washington knows how to solve every problem Mary Polischuck in East Washburn MN has.
What I can't figure out is that if liberals are so smart, how is it they can't seem to get their arms around that whole Law of Supply and Demand or the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility but seem to have a firm grip on the Theory of Global warming when it 18 degrees outside.
I mean c'mon even a 95 IQ conservative can understand that!