|Psychologists find correlation between low IQ and anti-Atheist prejudice.|
Americans who are prejudiced against Atheists tend to have a lower than average IQ, according to research published in the Journal of Social Psychology and Personal Science a couple of weeks ago.
The research was conducted on a representative sample of 5,914 Americans by Mark J. Brandt, Department of Social Psychology, Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherland and Jarret T. Crawford of The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, USA. The paper sits behind a paywall but according to a press release by the Society for Personal and Social Psychology:
...the researchers found that people with both relatively higher and lower levels of cognitive ability show approximately equal levels of intergroup bias, but towards different sets of groups. People with low cognitive ability tended to express prejudice towards groups perceived as liberal and unconventional (e.g., atheists, gays and lesbians), as well as groups of people perceived as having low choice over group membership (e.g., ethnic minorities). People with high cognitive ability showed the reverse pattern. They tended to express prejudice towards groups perceived as conservative and conventional (e.g., Christians, the military, big business).
According to the press release, the correlation between low cognitive ability and prejudice is consistent with earlier findings which show a similar correlation between the personality trait for openness to new experiences and prejudice. Those low on the scale for this trait tend to be more prejudiced.
The research also showed that people high on the cognitive ability scale are not free from prejudice either but their prejudices tend to be against conservative, conventional and powerful groups. In short, those with high verbal reasoning and cognitive skills tend to be anti-religion; those with low reasoning and cognitive abilities tend to be anti-atheist. This is probably obvious to anyone who spends much time trying to debate with fundamentalists on the social media.
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