Conservative? Then You’re Stupid. And a Racist! And Not Logical and . . .

Conservative? Then You’re Stupid. And a Racist! And Not Logical and . . .
Vol: 124 Issue: 27 Friday, January 27, 2012

It appears that Live Science has a lot less to do with actual science and a lot more to do with partisan politics. According to Live Science, if you are a conservative, you are more squeamish than if you were a liberal.

That’s why conservatives are less likely to support liberal agendas like gay marriage, the study says.

“. . . new research suggests those individuals who respond with a more intense “yuck” are more likely to hold conservative political views and specifically are more likely to oppose same-sex marriage.”

According to study researcher Kevin Smith, it means your political attitudes and behaviors are reflected by your biology.  The more easily disgusted you are, the more likely you are to be a conservative.

For instance, a study by Cornell University’s David Pizarro and his colleagues found that those people who scored high on the so-called disgust sensitivity scale tended to hold more politically conservative views. The findings, reported in 2009 in the journal Cognition & Emotion, relied on participants’ reported level of disgust linked to various scenarios.

And a 2008 study by scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) found that people who are highly responsive to threatening images were likely to support defense spending, capital punishment, patriotism and the Iraq War.

According to unnamed “scientists”, “disgust sensitivity” is some kind of primeval instinct that helped our human ancestors avoid disease.  But when conservatives demonstrate disgust sensitivity today, it is out of fear.

“I think that one plausible explanation is sort of along the lines that one way to understand some of these attitudes about politics and morality is that they have a strong emotional component,” Pizarro told LiveScience in a telephone interview. Different emotions are linked with different kinds of judgments and behavior, he added. For instance, fear is linked to vigilance and preparedness, he said, while disgust is linked to steering clear of any sort of contamination, “foreign looking” things, or possibly even strange people.

What is it that conservatives are afraid of?  According to this study, conservatives are afraid of sex, and in particular, gay sex, and so that is why they oppose gay marriage. 

“Sex, with its exchange of bodily fluids and all that can be viewed as disgusting,” Hibbing told LiveScience in an email. “And this appears to be particularly true for homosexual sex [and] in fact this response is often described as the ‘ick’ factor. So the long-standing hypothesis that variations in disgust would be correlated with policy stances related to sexuality and homosexuality seems to follow naturally from this.”

If you are a conservative, it is because you are a homophobe.  Or, possibly, you are a homophobe because you are conservative. 

In either case, it doesn’t really matter, since if you are a conservative, you’re stupid. 

Live Science concludes that people that give in to racism and prejudice are simply not very bright, based on cherry-picked studies from a Canadian university and two studies conducted in the United Kingdom.

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 Live Science.

According to Live Science, earlier (unnamed) studies “found links between low levels of education and higher levels of prejudice.” 

“Earlier studies have found links between low levels of education and higher levels of prejudice, Hodson said, so studying intelligence seemed a logical next step. The researchers turned to two studies of citizens in the United Kingdom, one that has followed babies since their births in March 1958, and another that did the same for babies born in April 1970. The children in the studies had their intelligence assessed at age 10 or 11; as adults ages 30 or 33, their levels of social conservatism and racism were measured.”

Another study was conducted in a kindergarten involving forty white kids and a black kid.  The white kids ostracized the black kid.  They then did the same study involving forty black kids and a white kid.  The black kids ostracized the white kid. 

What does that prove?  It proves that racism and prejudice are not learned behavior, but instead are instinctive reactions that must be unlearned. 

And so, in that extremely limited sense, one might be able to find a link between low education levels (like kindergarten!) and higher levels of prejudice. 

But that matters not at all to Live Science, since the objective here is to draw a straight line between racism and conservatism.

Nonetheless, there is reason to believe that strict right-wing ideology might appeal to those who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world.

“Socially conservative ideologies tend to offer structure and order,” Hodson said, explaining why these beliefs might draw those with low intelligence. “Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice.”

That’s why conservatives don’t approve of President Obama.  Not because he is a failed president.  But because he is black. (If you weren’t such a bigot, you’d probably think he’s doing a great job.)

In another study, this one in the United States, Hodson and Busseri compared 254 people with the same amount of education but different levels of ability in abstract reasoning. They found that what applies to racism may also apply to homophobia. People who were poorer at abstract reasoning were more likely to exhibit prejudice against gays.

See?  If you are a conservative, you’re not too bright.  Because you’re not too bright, you don’t like President Obama because of his race, not his policies, which you clearly aren’t smart enough to understand.

And because you are a conservative who is not too bright and therefore prone to racism and bigotry, you probably support the Defense of Marriage Act.

Prejudice is of particular interest because understanding the roots of racism and bias could help eliminate them, Hodson said. For example, he said, many anti-prejudice programs encourage participants to see things from another group’s point of view. That mental exercise may be too taxing for people of low IQ.

“There may be cognitive limits in the ability to take the perspective of others, particularly foreigners,” Hodson said. “Much of the present research literature suggests that our prejudices are primarily emotional in origin rather than cognitive. These two pieces of information suggest that it might be particularly fruitful for researchers to consider strategies to change feelings toward outgroups,” rather than thoughts.

These conclusions aren’t new, by any means.  Indeed, they were articulated clearly during the campaign, when Candidate Obama was trying to explain flyover country to his smarter West Coast liberal friends.

“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustration,” he explained patiently.

So pity the poor conservative idiot.  He can’t help it.

Assessment:

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.” (1 Timothy 6:20)

Live Science goes on and on and on, citing study after study that seems to suggest that William F Buckley was a prejudiced, blathering idiot because he was a conservative, whereas Joe Biden must be some kind of Renaissance man, open and egalitarian and, ummm, smart.

In yet another study dedicated to “proving” that liberals are superior to conservatives, Live Science offered the conclusion that conservatives become liberals when they get older, suggesting a link between liberalism and wisdom.

Live Science argues that it only appears that the opposite is true.

“If people really become more liberal as they age, why does common wisdom hold the opposite to be true?

“People might find an average 60-year-old to be more conservative than an average 30-year-old, Danigelis said, but beware of extrapolating a trend. The older person, for example, might have started off even more conservative than he or she is now.”

Aha!  See?  You don’t know how conservative they were when the started off.  Take an unknown factor and use it as evidence to support your conclusion. (I don’t understand how that works scientifically, but I’m a conservative and consequently too stupid to grasp such complex ideas.)  

Why do only twenty percent of Americans self-identify as liberals, while forty percent of Americans self-identify as conservatives?  To explain that, they needed to cherry-pick another study.

“The study showed that on average the amygdala is bigger in conservatives, likely indicating greater use of it in neurological processing. In contrast, liberals often possessed larger anterior cingulate cortexes.

Altogether, these findings suggest liberals can more easily tolerate uncertainty, which might be reflected in their shades-of-gray policy positions. In the U.S., those typically include being pro-choice and lenient on illegal immigration.

Conservatives, meanwhile, have a more binary view of threats versus non-threats. Again, such a predisposition could be extended to policy positions, such as being pro-life and stricter on the immigration issue. 

In the end, however, Live Science goes back to its original conclusions.  Conservatives are motivated by fear, mainly because they’re not too bright, which is why conservatives are racists. 

Liberals, on the other hand, possess larger logic centers, because they are smarter, which is why they are more egalitarian and less likely to operate on primitive prejudices.  That is why conservatives oppose national health care, while liberals favor it.

Because liberals are so logical and so smart they can see right through the problems facing the UK and Canada, like not enough doctors, long waits for life-saving treatments, hospital closures and rationed health care.  The reason conservatives oppose it is because they are “deeply attached” to their beliefs, or, put another way, closed-minded.

“People get deeply attached to their beliefs,” Hoffman said. “We form emotional attachments that get wrapped up in our personal identity and sense of morality, irrespective of the facts of the matter.”

“Just about everybody is vulnerable to the phenomenon of holding onto our beliefs even in the face of iron-clad evidence to the contrary, Hoffman said.

But especially conservatives, since they are racists, not too bright, fearful and closed-minded.  It’s scientific — the liberals are smarter, which is why there are only half as many liberals as there are conservatives.

So, in case you were wondering why the liberal media is liberal, it is because they are smarter than the average American, which is why the average American thinks they’re nuts.  

But they aren’t nuts — they are just sooo smart that you can’t figure them out.  It’s scientific!

I’ll go back to my comic book, now. 

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Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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