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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