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Controversy Grows over Study Claiming Liberals and Atheists Are Smarter

The author of a study claiming liberals and atheists are smarter than conservatives and believers is called 'great idiot of social science' by prominent evolutionary biologist.

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In the end, Kanazawa's study reinforces long-standing prejudices against conservatives and religious believers. To think that conservatives or religious people "are dumber than you and me," says Myers, "fosters this tribalism that we're out to replace people rather than to educate and inform them." And that's not very smart.

Daniela Perdomo is a staff writer and editor at AlterNet. Follow Daniela on Twitter . Write her at danielaalternet [at] gmail [dot] com.

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