Thursday, February 25, 2010

Our Innate Bias Toward Paranoia

Here is an interesting article on the relationship between IQ and liberal/conservative beliefs. The evidence suggests that those with higher IQs are more likely to engage in less typical behaviors, which translates into liberal beliefs. Conservatives, in the cultural sense, have lower IQs.

But this is something I found most interesting:

"religion is a byproduct of humans' tendency to perceive agency and intention as causes of events, to see "the hands of God" at work behind otherwise natural phenomena. "Humans are evolutionarily designed to be paranoid, and they believe in God because they are paranoid," says Kanazawa. This innate bias toward paranoia served humans well when self-preservation and protection of their families and clans depended on extreme vigilance to all potential dangers. "So, more intelligent children are more likely to grow up to go against their natural evolutionary tendency to believe in God, and they become atheists." "

Let us accept this as being true. How do we reconcile this fact with the fact that those with liberal political views "perceive agency and intention" as causes of economic events? Liberals tend to be socialists, and socialists believe the economy is or should be controled, seeing agency and intention behind everything that happens in the economy at large. In the economy, culture, and society, the liberal is the same as the creationist religious believer. Yet, this is not addressed. It should be. Left-Liberals are paranoid about different things, it seems to me. Classical liberals, on the other hand, might fit this model more exactly.
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