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Liberals and Atheists are Smarter

At least that is what this study in Social Psychology Quarterly says. Only a summary is available online, so I can’t comment on the methodology of the study itself. However, it all seems to make logical sense.

What I find interesting is the broader point: behaviors that are evolutionarily  contraindicated require additional intelligence. This is closely correlated to an argument that I have been making for years, although I reverse the directionality to create a normative mandate: because humans are intelligent beyond animals, we should not behave like animals, even if that means ignoring our evolutionary impulses.