Liberals, Atheists Are More Highly Evolved????

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  1. kirstenblog profile image77
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    This one caught my eye the other day as a very interesting read. I thought I would share it here:
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news … n-evolved/

    For a taste without going over for a read here is one paragraph with a good idea for what its all about smile


    "As a result of their iconoclastic ancestry, he suggests, people with higher levels of intelligence are more likely to adopt social values and behaviors that are relatively new to human life—liberalism, atheism, staying up late, and (for men) monogamy, for example."

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image71
      EmpressFelicityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Oooooh, is that a tin opener I can hear?  Opening a very large can of very wriggly worms? lol lol

      The trouble with research like this is that it often uses false assumptions and non-watertight definitions to make conclusions based on false premises.

      For example, what definitions of "liberal" and "conservative" are being used here?  Presumably the American ones rather than the British ones.  And what about people who consider themselves for the most part "conservative" in the American usage of the word, but also happen to be atheists and not believers?

      1. kirstenblog profile image77
        kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        lol Guilty as charged, my tin opener is humming loudly lol
        And here you go being all reasonable, questioning definitions and being logical tongue
        Imagine if everyone acted so reasonable.... a thread like this would just be a friendly and questioning debate to stimulate the mind.

    2. profile image0
      Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Wonder what his level of intelligence is, and who rated him?  lol

    3. profile image57
      paarsurreyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hi friends

      I don't agree with the study; it has obvious faults and needs to be improved.

      Moses differed with Pharoah; yet Moses was a founder of new Religion. Jesus differed with the corrupted Jewish priest-hood; and Jesus believed in Religion more than the Jews. Muhammad differed with the infidels of Mecca and their concepts and he brought out a new and trutfhul Word from the Creator- God Allah YHWH. How would the study accommodate Moses, Jesus and Muhammad?

      Thanks

      I love Moses, Jesus and Muhammad as mentioned in Quran.

      Thanks

      I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim

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    LegendaryHeroposted 8 years ago

    This study's a fail:

    "As a result of their iconoclastic ancestry, he suggests, people with higher levels of intelligence are more likely to adopt social values and behaviors that are relatively new to human life—liberalism, atheism, staying up late, and (for men) monogamy, for example."

    This man only had a sample of probably several dozen people. There are hundreds of millions of people in the United States. I know plenty of atheist conservatives and plenty of conservatives who stay up late, and you would think that monogamy would be mainly a conservative thing. And he used IQ tests, which are not the most accurate tests of intelligence, to determine the intelligence of these subjects for the study.

    He also used teenagers for his study. Brains aren't fully developed until around the age of 25.



    "The study used a picture-based vocabulary test to estimate the IQ of participating teenagers. Seven years later, the same people were asked about their religious and political beliefs."

    "But the Add Health method for measuring IQ—via picture vocabulary questions—doesn't necessarily tell you anything about the right kind of intelligence, Ceci said. "They're a better measure of crystallized intelligence, which you acquire through school and culture. That kind of intelligence is not primarily genetic.""

  3. wyanjen profile image80
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago

    I've seen a couple studies that show this.
    Statistically, from what I've seen in different sources, there is a slightly higher average IQ among liberals and atheists.

    Here is another recent article

    And yes, everybody chime in, all together now: "cnn is not a credible news source"
    I disagree. But go ahead and find a study that contradicts it before you start claiming cnn is bogus big_smile big_smile

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/26/li … =allsearch

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      Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      CNN is bogus!
      LOL

      I studied it intensely and extensively before I gained access to a more honest news source called FOX.

      1. Daniel Carter profile image74
        Daniel Carterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Gosh, news to me that FOX is reliable!!
        lol

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Quick translation:

          Honest = same viewpoint as Brenda. wink

          1. Daniel Carter profile image74
            Daniel Carterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            wink
            Comprendo mucho.

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            Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            You betcha!
            And I knew I'd get clobbered for that.

            (wink wink)
            wink wink

      2. Hokey profile image60
        Hokeyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You can't be serious! yikes

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          Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Sure I can.

          I watched CNN for days and months on end for a while.
          I dunno if they've changed their tactics any since I quit watching them, but

          I liked Dobbs and Rick Sanchez until I saw how egotistical they are.
          Wolf Blitzer was one of the best, actually.  He was more of a newsman than commentator usually.
          Anderson Cooper wasn't too bad.
          But they all ended up showing their bias.

          John Cafferty was the second-worst!  He's just plain crabby and mean!

          The worst was Don Lemon.  Really liked him at first, until he openly showed his racism and then allowed the gay agenda to ride on its coattails.

          No wonder Glenn Beck went to a better program.

          1. wyanjen profile image80
            wyanjenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Blitzer has the most credibility of any newsman out there.

            Cafferty is hilarious. He is cynical as hell. I would have thought you would like him smile

      3. skyfire profile image71
        skyfireposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I thought you'll post something like GodTV.

    2. TheGlassSpider profile image69
      TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I must have missed the memo...I grew up with the understanding that CNN was a *very* reliable news source. In all seriousness, has something happened? Why am I hearing all of a sudden that it is not (especially when compared to FOX. FOX? I mean, with a name like that aren't they TELLING YOU they're sneaky?)

      1. wyanjen profile image80
        wyanjenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        CNN is the least biased network. I never see them report something that turns out to be hype or bad reporting.
        I do miss Lou Dobbs lol
        I put that in my post because SO MANY people say the network is unreliable. Go figure.

        1. TheGlassSpider profile image69
          TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I've noticed that people are saying it as well. I wonder what they're basing that on.

    3. profile image57
      paarsurreyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hi friend wyanjen

      I have given my reasons above; what is wrong with them. Please give your reasons.

      Thanks

      I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim

      1. wyanjen profile image80
        wyanjenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I can't really comment. smile

        I don't know what Moses' IQ actually was. Was Muhammad a liberal? I'm not even convinced that Jesus was celibate, let alone monogamous. tongue

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          paarsurreyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          "I'm not even convinced that Jesus was celibate"

          Hi friend wyanjen

          I am convinced that Jesus was not celibate; he never commanded for celibacy. Jesus must have married; there are people in the world who say they are his off-spring.

          Thanks

          I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim

  4. Daniel Carter profile image74
    Daniel Carterposted 8 years ago

    I've encountered about as many atheist liberal bigots as I have religious conservative bigots.
    No rhyme or reason.

    There are good, intelligent, rational people on both sides of this. Sounds to me like the guy who did the study had an agenda, and wanted to prove his point about his own superiority (perhaps).

    If there are more studies that are credible that can prove the point of the article, then I'll be more willing to accept it. And I do accept that it is a possibility, but from my experience, which has nothing to do with scientific data, it's about sixes.

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      paarsurreyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      "There are good, intelligent, rational people on both sides of this. Sounds to me like the guy who did the study had an agenda, and wanted to prove his point about his own superiority (perhaps)."

      Hi friend Daniel Carter

      I agree with you.

      Thanks

      I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim

  5. TheGlassSpider profile image69
    TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years ago

    Wow, what a beautiful discussion. Rational questions, reasonable tones of "voice." I love it. I also agree with those who say that this study has some major flaws. The sample needs to be much larger, and as mentioned before, should probably include grown ups, IQ is really unreliable...etc.

    That having been said...Since I've been accused of being a liberal, I am perfectly content to believe that I am smarter than others who aren't. tongue wink (Yes, that IS my tongue in my cheek).

  6. Mikel G Roberts profile image77
    Mikel G Robertsposted 8 years ago

    What about me?

    I consider myself a Liberal, but I absolutely believe in the existence of God, which makes me what...mediocre? Half smart half dumb?

    What about Conservative-Atheists?

    hmm

    Who says just being smarter or having a high I.Q. makes one more evolved... What about the evolution of musical talent, or the other arts... hmm hmm

    1. TheGlassSpider profile image69
      TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It's interesting you brought that up. I am in the same boat as you, and was wondering about it myself.

      I think this goes back to the idea that IQ alone is really a measurement of...nothing...or at least nothing we can define well, anyway. LOL Seriously, there's been a huge movement to identify multiple types of intelligence. So the answer to your question might be that you are of average intelligence in certain areas and above average in others.

      1. wyanjen profile image80
        wyanjenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Perfectly stated. smile

        1. TheGlassSpider profile image69
          TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks Jen smile I try! And sometimes the garbled mess in my head comes out on "paper" okay. wink

  7. TLMinut profile image60
    TLMinutposted 8 years ago

    Who owns these stations anyway? Who decides what bias gets used? It's obviously not the people on the screen who read the prompts; the reporters may slant their reports in a certain way but who gives them orders to do so or to rewrite?

    I've heard it stated (and the staters are foaming at the mouth rabidly!) that Jews own our media; that liberals run our media; that pretty much any 'group' one disagrees with runs American media and that they're all liars.

  8. dfager profile image59
    dfagerposted 8 years ago

    I was taught a theory of Moral and Ethical Development in College Psychology class that would agree with that theory.  It was not in the text books though.  It broadly classified stages of moral and ethical reasoning into 4 categories: choas, or following only hedonistic values, fundamentalism, scepticism then mysticism.

    Therefore, religious people can fall into any of the categories but many fall into fundamentalism.

 
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