Hoax Study: Fox Viewers Have an IQ of 80
Yahoo and others fall for dubious survey
10 hrs ago by PolitixMary
Mary Noble, Senior Editor t
A study released last week claims that Fox News viewers have an average IQ of 80 - which is 20 points lower than the national average.
The study has won national media attention via Yahoo News, where it's been Tweeted 500+ times and gained over 600 comments. It's become one of the top ten "hot" politics topics on Reddit, and it was also written up at the Daily Paul.
Unfortunately, the study looks a lot like a hoax.
The Yahoo story is based on a press release supposedly published by the "Intelligence Institute," a supposed think-tank that doesn't exist. The press release provides no links to the "Institute" or to the study – the only link takes you to an unrelated study published by Fairleigh Dickinson University in May.
"the only link takes you to an unrelated study published by Fairleigh Dickinson University in May"
Unrelated study That's funny sniper. That so called unrelated study says that fox news viewers Know Less Than People Who Don't Watch Any News.
Here's the study http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2011/knowless/
Hers another study you might want to read. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/13/1131...
Religious and Conservative people have lower IQs than their counterparts.
The study was published in the March 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Social Psychology Quarterly. Here are a few snippets:
“Evolutionarily novel” preferences and values are those that humans are not biologically designed to have and our ancestors probably did not possess. In contrast, those that our ancestors had for millions of years are “evolutionarily familiar.”
“General intelligence, the ability to think and reason, endowed our ancestors with advantages in solving evolutionarily novel problems for which they did not have innate solutions,” says Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science.“As a result, more intelligent people are more likely to recognize and understand such novel entities and situations than less intelligent people, and some of these entities and situations are preferences, values, and lifestyles.”
It goes on to say this:
In the current study, Kanazawa argues that humans are evolutionarily designed to be conservative, caring mostly about their family and friends, and being liberal, caring about an indefinite number of genetically unrelated strangers they never meet or interact with, is evolutionarily novel. So more intelligent children may be more likely to grow up to be liberals.
Similarly, 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.“
Gee, I wonder what news channel American Religious and Conservative watch? Sarcasm: It just works!