Intelligence

Controversial study says right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers

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Golly gee folks, it looks like we right-wingers aren’t so clever after all. Conservative views about equality and one-law-for-all, our patriotism, our belief in personal responsibility and our respect for authority, can be a gateway to prejudice, Canadian academics claim.

Right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers, and people with low childhood intelligence tend to  you grow up to have racist and anti-gay views, says a controversial new study.

Conservative politics work almost as a ‘gateway’ into prejudice against others, say the Canadian academics.

The paper analysed large UK studies which compared childhood intelligence with political views in adulthood across more than 15,000 people.

The authors claim that people with low intelligence gravitate towards right-wing views because they make them feel safe.

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Chris Finlayson says he is not a “crypto-fascist” stealthily imposing “secret courts.”

Chris Finlayson is in full ‘explaining is losing mode’.

But he says he is not a “crypto-fascist” stealthily imposing “secret courts.”

Note how careful he was not to mention anything about being a shape-shifting lizard man though…very careful.

Security services minister Chris Finlayson says he is not a “crypto-fascist” stealthily imposing “secret courts.”

A last-minute change to new health and safety laws would have allowed hearings behind closed doors to protect national security. The Law Society said the Crown could introduce evidence which could be withheld from a defendant or their lawyers.

Finlayson – who is also the Attorney-General – says the amendment was scrapped a week ago. And he doesn’t like the term “secret courts” describing it as “hyperbolic.”

But although the Law Society were commenting on an old version of the legislation, it appears their original fears still stand.

Finlayson told reporters: “I saw some article in the Dominion Post that suggested I was some sort of crypto-fascist behind this particular secret court. But it was nothing of the sort.    Read more »

Tracy Watkins on her high horse

…Key is utterly convinced that he knows what Greenwald has and is busily rubbishing him as “Dotcom’s little henchman” brought to New Zealand to influence the election and “bamboozle” ordinary Kiwis.

Some of Key’s ministers have gone even further, accusing Greenwald of half baked conspiracy theories and being part of a left wing plot.

That is stronger rhetoric than most other foreign leaders have adopted over the explosive revelations from Greenwald and former defence contractor Edward Snowden.

But what Key has so far failed to adequately address is his Government’s failure to front up a year ago to the fact that the GCSB was considering tools that would enable it to expand its surveillance activities at the very time the country was embroiled in a debate about the extent of its powers.

I can’t understand how precious the media are about this.  The whole point of national and international security is that it takes place with the least amount of disclosure possible.   What sort of brain damaged PM would come out and lay out all the tools, the plans and exactly how they go about it?   Read more »

Wednesday nightCap

Why is Russel Norman still on the ISC?

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After the murky events of the past few days, with Russel Norman amongst others being busted doing dodgy deals with a convicted German crook, surely doubt must be cast on the fitness of Russel Norman to be on the Intelligence and Security Committee.

With multiple meetings with Kim Dotcom…he surely will have discussed the GCSB and the fact he has taken a presumptive view on extradition suggests he is hopelessly compromised now.

He is Labour Leader David Cunliffe’s appointment. Cunliffe would do well to consider fresher options.   Read more »

Not just munters getting smashed and high

New evidence suggests that it isn’t just munters getting smashed and high, rather it shows that drinking and drug taking in adults correlates with higher childhood intelligence.

Finnish researchers gathered data on 3,000 fraternal and identical twins and found that the sibling who was the first to develop verbal ability—speaking words, reading and using expressive language—also tended to be the first to try alcohol and to drink more heavily throughout adolescence. Verbal development may be correlated with social intelligence; the verbally precocious twin also had, on average, more friends, and could be more likely to end up in social situations where alcohol is present: “Good language skills reduce the likelihood of peer rejection… higher social activity predicts more frequent drinking in adolescence,” write the authors.

First to speak means first to booze and drugs?

Earlier speaking age is also associated with better academic performance throughout middle and high school and a higher chance of graduating from college—and achieving higher levels of education is also correlated with higher alcohol consumption. The authors hypothesize that intelligence is correlated with curiosity and a desire for new experiences: “Cognitive performance and reading abilities in childhood are related to higher stimulation-seeking tendencies.”

My experiences are certainly not like this study.

Drawing on the results of the National Child Development Study, which tracked for 50 years all British babies born during one week in March 1958, Kanazawa found that kids who scored higher on IQ tests grew up to drink larger quantities of alcohol on a more regular basis than their less intelligent peers. He evaluated other factors, including religion, frequency of church attendance, social class, parents’ education and self-reported satisfaction with life, and found that intelligence before age 16 was second only to gender in predicting alcohol consumption at age 23.

In Kanazawa’s model, illicit drugs constitute another evolutionarily novel experience—and he (and others) have also found a link between high IQ and experimentation with drugs. In Kanazawa’s study, the higher a respondent’s IQ before age 16, the more psychoactive substances he or she had tried by age 42. Another study found that 30-year-old women who had earned high scores on an IQ test at age five were more than twice as likely to have smoked weed or used cocaine in the previous year; men who had scored highly on IQ tests as children were 50 percent more likely to have recently consumed amphetamines or ecstasy.

Again not my experience, having never taken amphetamines nor ecstasy, and only  very mild drinker.

Possibly smart kids go on to have jobs that allow them to spend more money on expensive things like booze and drugs?

Sledge of the Day

Christopher Finlayson’s entire speech was really one long sledge, enjoy it knowing that Grant Robertson was so very upset by it.

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Always been a breast man myself

Now there is evidence to suggest that breast really is best.

Mothers have been urged to breastfeed for longer, with new research indicating it improves child intelligence and language.

Scientists have found that longer breastfeeding, even when it is not exclusive, leads to higher intelligence scores at age seven.

Compared with bottle-fed children, seven-year-olds breastfed for the first year of life were likely to score four points higher in a test of verbal IQ.  Read more »

There is a reason why they call it dope

From the No Shit Sherlock files. Just ask any secondary school teacher who the dope users are in the class, they know. Now some research shows that there is lasting IQ degradation from regular use of cannabis under the age of 18.

The persistent use of cannabis before age 18 has been linked to lasting harm to intelligence, according to a large study.

Analysis of more than 1000 New Zealanders found those who took up cannabis in adolescence and used it for years afterwards experienced an average decline in IQ of eight points when measured at age 13 and 38.

People who did not begin using cannabis until they were adults, with fully formed brains, did not show the same declines.

Experts here and abroad say the findings are significant and could offer some explanation for the “teenage stoner” stereotype.

Lead researcher Madeline Meier of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, said quitting cannabis later in life did not appear to reverse the loss of intelligence.

Higher IQ correlated with higher education and income and better health, she said.

“Somebody who loses eight IQ points as an adolescent may be disadvantaged compared to their same-age peers for years to come.”

That said, I think cannabis usage for over 18 should be decriminalised.

Meetings lower your IQ

It is now definitive, meetings lower your IQ:

Meetings make people stupid because they impair their ability to think for themselves, scientists have found.

The performance of people in IQ tests after meetings is significantly lower than if they are left on their own, with women more likely to perform worse than men.

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Crilion Research institute in the US said people’s performance dropped when they were judged against their peers.

Read Montague, who led the study, said: “You may joke about how committee meetings make you feel brain-dead, but our findings suggest that they may make you act brain-dead as well.

“We started with individuals who were matched for their IQ. Yet when we placed them in small groups, ranked their performance on cognitive tasks against their peers, and broadcast those rankings to them, we saw dramatic drops in the ability of some study subjects to solve problems. The social feedback had a significant effect.”