Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives

Satoshi Kanazawa is an evolutionary psychologist and intelligence researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He is Reader in Management at LSE as well as Honorary Research Fellow in Psychology at Birkbeck College University of London.  He has written over 90 articles and chapters in psychology, sociology, political science, economics, anthropology, biology, and medicine.  His latest book is The Intelligence Paradox:  Why the Intelligent Choice Isn’t Always the Smart One (Wiley, 2012).


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QuestionAre liberals more intelligent than conservatives

Satoshi Kanazawa: That is the conclusion of my latest study because being liberal is evolutionarily novel. In a sense, humans are designed to be conservative and it’s unnatural for humans to be liberal, being concerned about the welfare of millions of genetically unrelated other people. So more intelligent people are more likely to acquire unnatural preferences and values and being a liberal is one of them and as a result more intelligent people tend to be more liberal than less intelligent people.