Posts Tagged: bigotry


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Feb 12

Study: “LOW IQ linked to Bigotry”

“The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood.” (Huffington Post, linked below.)

I’ve no doubt LOW IQ and racism, homophobia, etc, go together. But I am convinced that some people, simply SWITCH OFF part of their “IQ” for the sake of bigotry etc, because being a bigot has a kind of emotional steamvalve benefit for them, they actually “get off” a bit from hating, it’s cathartic. So in order to groove on the feeling they get from expressing bigotry, they suppress intelligence.

Other bigots however are just innately stupid. And of course all of them are wrong.

I actually suspect that neurologically, in some sense, bigotry may be literally physically addictive; that the brain releases chemicals that stimulate a person because of wired-in xenophobia, and that stimulation (purely physical–not mental!) is addictive, for some people.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/27/intelligence-study-links-prejudice_n_1237796.html?ref=mostpopular