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Friday, April 9, 2010

Liberals more Evolved than Conservatives?

Here is an Article brought to my attention by Lu Ann, Thanks Lu Ann.

This is apart of an editorial in the St. Louis Post Dispatch that claims a Scientist in London believes that Liberals and Atheists are farther along the Evolutionary scale than Conservatives.

Wow, do you think there is just a little bias in there somewhere?

"An evolutionary theory for conservatism


This is the third in an occasional series of essays that attempts to answer the scientific question: "What's up with all the conservatives around here?"

The first posited a historical reason for Missouri being such a hotbed of right-wing activism: tea-partyists, conspiracists, militias, birthers, global warming deniers, etc. It's because activists tend to sprout in places where lots of transplanted southern and rural white folks come face-to-face with a modern urban environment.

The second posited a chemical reason: Research suggests an absence of a certain brain chemical receptor makes some people unable to absorb oxytocin, a brain chemical important for empathy.

Now comes even more staggering research: An evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics theorizes that liberals and atheists are further along the evolutionary scale than conservatives and religious believers.

It's not like they're Cro-Magnons. It's just that today's more intelligent people "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."

Hey, don't blame me. This is not my theory. I'm just reporting it. As a religious believer myself, I'm a little upset about it.

Satoshi Kanazawa writes in the current edition of Social Psychology Quarterly that evolutionary theory "suggests that more intelligent individuals may be more likely to acquire and espouse evolutionarily novel values and preferences (such as liberalism and atheism and, for men, sexual exclusivity) than less intelligent individuals."

Lest I be accused of merely parroting the mainstream liberal press, let me say I read about this report in the National Geographic Daily News. What's got more good old-fashioned conservative values (except for a suspicious belief in science and an occasional photograph of bare-breasted women) than National Geographic?

The article reports: "Kanazawa's theory is that intelligence — particularly our ability for on-the-spot problem solving and reasoning — arose as an adaptation to deal with the unusual and unexpected, such as a sudden forest fire."

Since disasters like that are rare in daily life, responding to them wouldn't likely be something our ancestors were hard-wired to 'know' how to do. Surviving the fire required both the ability to think up a new behavior, and the willingness to try it out."

Passed down via genetics, those two traits are still the calling cards of an intelligent brain — expressed as a tendency toward adopting nontraditional social values and preferences, Kanazawa says...."

n short, the article says, "Smart people's brains [are] better adapted to dealing with change."

Obviously a lot of conservatives are going to have trouble with this theory, particularly those who don't believe in evolution."

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Margaret said...

Here's my evolutionary theory: God is not limited in His creation, so man was created so he could adapt. God intervened two thousand years ago, because he needed to help humanity make the next leap in it's evolution, love for one another. Some cultures have adopted the basic outline and/or rituals of what God taught, but only some individuals have successfully adopted the actual basic tenets: love the Lord your God, and your neighbor as yourself. Many people think this is to be applied by government. Some people think this only applies to people outside of their immediate family. Other people, the highest evolved ones, realize it applies to every person you encounter throughout your life. This is the highest evolution of humanity. There is nothing else is a higher value. This value of love for your neighbor is presently being evicerated by the President and Congress of the United States and encodified into health, welfare, and environmental laws which will ultimately place human limits and values on love, and life, for your neighbor. The love God is and taught humanity is unlimited, and therefore more highly evolved.

Anonymous said...

More highly evolved? What a joke. The Red Progressives are people who vote to have the government take the fruit of OTHER people's labors at the point of a gun to fund social programs that have never worked and never will work and then...pat themselves on the back.

Progressives and the other Statists of their ilk are at the root that ails everything in our country from or failing economy to our eroding morals to our shrinking role in world affairs.

Anonymous said...

Put a Progressive in the wilderness without the government to bail them out with the money taken from Conservatives...and we will see how "highly evolved" these clowns are.

The Progressives I know wouldn't last a week.

If anything...a Progressive is representative of someone who has actually devolved.

Judy said...

Well, maybe they will evolve right into extinction. It makes sense. Obviously this environment is unsustainable with life as they know it. Well, call me "fat, dumb and happy" Good old Post Dispatch printing such stupidity.
In reality though, these thinkers are all imitators of the "Margaret Sanger" ilk, who was the founder of Planned Parenthood. Her contribution to the world was the practice of eugenics. That is the bottom-line, down-and-dirty reason for the "sacrement of abortion". Get rid of the riff-raff.