I’ve said it for years, but until now it was just my opinion. Here is an excerpt from the March issue of Social Psychology Quarterly, explaining why people form particular preferences and values. “The theory suggests that more intelligent people are more likely than less intelligent people to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values,” the study says, and two of those preferences and values are atheism and liberalism in social attitudes. Or to put it in the words of John Stewart Mill, “Not all conservatives are stupid, but all stupid people are conservative.”

Those of you intelligent enough to be reading this blog will probably appreciate this.

ScienceDaily (Feb. 24, 2010) — More intelligent people are statistically significantly more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history. Specifically, liberalism and atheism, and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence, a new study finds.

The study, published in the March 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Social Psychology Quarterly, advances a new theory to explain why people form particular preferences and values. The theory suggests that more intelligent people are more likely than less intelligent people to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values, but intelligence does not correlate with preferences and values that are old enough to have been shaped by evolution over millions of years.” “Evolutionarily novel” preferences and values are those that humans are not biologically designed to have and our ancestors probably did not possess. In contrast, those that our ancestors had for millions of years are “evolutionarily familiar.”

“General intelligence, the ability to think and reason, endowed our ancestors with advantages in solving evolutionarily novel problems for which they did not have innate solutions,” says Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science. “As a result, more intelligent people are more likely to recognize and understand such novel entities and situations than less intelligent people, and some of these entities and situations are preferences, values, and lifestyles.”

And it continues.. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100224132655.htm