12 December 2013

Race and Smarts

Turns out we’re all racist:

Being more intelligent does not stop people being racist – it simply makes them better at covering it up.
A study found that they were just as likely to be prejudiced as their less educated peers but did not act on their feelings.

I assume that being racist really means noticing that people who a certain marker of genetic difference (i.e. skin color and ethnicity) also tend to have other things that are statistically true about them as well.  That said, I find it interesting that smart people are less likely to act on their observations.

I mean, it’s not hard to see that blacks and whites and Asians and Hispanics are all different in a lot of ways.  Not necessarily better or worse, mind you, but different.

I guess what this really means is that it takes a lot of brainpower to convince yourself that reality is a lie, which is why you can always trust dumb people.  It’s not that they never lie; it’s just that when they do they’re so bad at it that it’s easy to see right through it.

Come to think of it, it would be really interesting to see research on the relationship between intelligence and trustworthiness.  My bet is that the results wouldn’t be so hot for the cult of intelligence.