Conservatism and cognitive ability are negatively correlated. The evidence is based on 1254 community college students and 1600 foreign students seeking entry to United States' universities. At the individual level of analysis, conservatism scores correlate negatively with SAT, Vocabulary, and Analogy test scores. At the national level of analysis, conservatism scores correlate negatively with measures of education (e.g., gross enrollment at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels) and performance on mathematics and reading assessments from the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) project. They also correlate with components of the Failed States Index and several other measures of economic and political development of nations. Conservatism scores have higher correlations with economic and political measures than estimated IQ scores.I haven't read the article, which Stankov probably think proves I lack the IQ to understand, much less the vocabulary to critique, it. Plus, according to a 2007 paper by the same author, I'm freighted by "amoral social attitudes."
Wrong. I skipped the study because it costs $31.50. Bias backed by junk science just isn't that interesting. Which, per force, should disprove Stankov's superficial thesis. As Stuart Buck says:
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the smartest group of all? Why, what a miracle, it’s the group I identify with!(via The Corner)