[ExI] The downsides of high IQ

Tara Maya tara at taramayastales.com
Wed Apr 15 15:37:29 UTC 2015

Well, then the reverse would be true for Republicans. Higher IQ still would not necessarily translate into better policies. And perhaps it goes for Presidents too. I’ve heard, though I don’t know if it’s true, that Nixon and Carter had among the highest IQs of all Presidents...

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> On Apr 15, 2015, at 7:23 AM, Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 9:58 AM, Tara Maya <tara at taramayastales.com <mailto:tara at taramayastales.com>> wrote:
>  Or to take a less extreme example, just because voters for one political party are generally smarter that the other (research on Democrats and Republicans seems to indicate this is so) shouldn’t make Democrats feel smugly that this means their policies are always better, since the shared cognitive biases and groupthink endemic to any party are still likely to outweigh the benefits of IQ.
> ### This is incorrect. In fact, Republican voters have a slightly higher IQ than Democratic ones. The difference is tiny - 3.47 points and only on the verbal scale but still, it does exist.
> http://reason.com/archives/2014/06/13/are-conservatives-dumber-than-liberals <http://reason.com/archives/2014/06/13/are-conservatives-dumber-than-liberals>
> http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160289614000373 <http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160289614000373>
> Rafał
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