One of the most fascinating correlates of IQ is conservatism. I find this correlate fascinating because IQ tests justify anti-black racism (a conservative value) by showing that dark skinned people have lower IQs (on average) yet at the same time, IQ tests condemn racism by showing that anti-black racists also have low IQs. So one can’t use IQ tests as a racist weapon without impugning their own likely IQ.
The other reason conservatism is such a fascinating correlate of IQ is that it’s one of the few variables that correlates positively with IQ between groups, but negatively with IQ within groups. That is, higher IQ races tend to be more conservative than low IQ races, yet within each race, I’ve argued that higher IQ people tend to be less conservative. For someone who likes to statistically predict IQs from biodemographic variables, this is an incredibly useful property.
Why? Because one of the biggest problems with predictive statistical models is multicollinearity. In other words, when trying to guess a person’s IQ based on many variables, you run into the problem of the variables being positively intercorrelated and thus not adding new information. For example, if I know you’re homeless, I can guess with 90% certainty that have a low IQ because 90% of America’s homeless are below 100 IQ (white norms). Now if I also know you’re also high school dropout, the odds of you having a low IQ increase (because you now belong to two low IQ groups), but the odds don’t increase as much you’d think, because the mere fact that you’re homeless already suggests you’re probably uneducated.
On the other hand if I know you’re black, I might guess your IQ is below 100, but I can’t be certain, because millions of blacks have high IQs, but if I know you’re also conservative, the odds of you having a low IQ increase precipitously, because conservatism is not something I could have guessed from your blackness. Just the opposite: blacks tend to be liberal, so conservatism predicts low IQ completely independently of blackness. Statistically, one would need an especially low IQ to belong to belong to the two low IQ groups that have almost zero overlap.
Are you using “votes Republican” as a proxy for “conservatism?” Because I don’t think actual conservatism–as a personality trait, a desire to retain the status quo or return to an earlier state of things–correlates strongly in black Americans with voting for Republicans. Blacks see voting for the Democrats as in their ethnic interests, whether they are conservative or liberal in their personal views.
If I use “votes Democrat” as my metric, blacks are extremely liberal. If I use, “uses corporal punishment,” (which correlates strongly with conservative personality traits,) blacks are extremely conservative–more conservative than whites.
Yes, I’m using republican as a proxy for conservative. That’s not to deny blacks are conservative in some areas. Everyone is.
“I find this correlate fascinating because IQ tests justify anti-black racism (a conservative value)”
“Yes, I’m using republican as a proxy for conservative.”
Ah – fact-free AND ignorant AND proud of it. It’s no wonder you attract so few flies.
Kudos for trying to address the correlation problem–it’s really quite difficult.
But no philosophy is completely internally consistent. Political parties in particular have to cobble together a philosophy that makes all their stakeholders happy enough to hold together. Conservatism was supposed to tie together low taxes to keep the donors happy and Christianity to keep evangelicals happy, with international aggression to keep the neocons in. When the Christians realized they were being had and someone actually started talking about immigration, the GOP civil war started.
Toy example of the same thing: education increases income, so education is positively correlated with income and income is correlated positively with conservatism, but education is correlated negatively with conservatism. It’s a funny thing.
”But no philosophy is completely internally consistent.”
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The Philosopher said:
I have a fascinating theory on why only low IQ people are racist.
First, as Steve Sailer notes, merely only being above average verbally intelligent makes you more ‘plugged in’ to the priest consensus of the prevailing ideology of the day. In former times, Christianity, which attracted great scholars to their universities to debate rigorously how many angels fit on a pin. In modern times, attracting scholars to debate the problem of institutional waycissm.
Second, lower IQ people are usually higher testosterone. The testosterone allows them to Shrug Alpha and makes them fairly immune to peer pressure, feminine cooperativeness and following the WULESes. Shrugging alpha means you don’t follow any ideology, just like the people at the very top that had to unlearn all the brainwashing from first principle and scholarship.
You assume very high IQ people are liberal. Not merely high IQ people (leaving aside especially “high IQ” people like Gates and Buffet who are autistic).
So you think the correlation between IQ and conservatism is curvilinear? With the smartest and dumbest both being right-wing and those in between being lefties?
Others have made very similar arguments in the past, but I don’t buy it, because so many of the greatest minds in history were liberal (for their time).
The Philosopher said:
That’s a fair argument. In my own experiences, I’ve only interacted with one or two professionally in structured environments.
I’ll ask the (probably) smartest man in my country what he thinks on politics next time I see him.
The Philosopher said:
Well more succinctly what other Triple 9s think on politics as well.