- Jan 14, 2016
While I never bought into it instead holding to the general Catholic position that intelligence is neither here nor there when it comes to moral worth there does exist with Protestantism (as well as Eastern forms of Christianity) a cult of "Holy Stupidity", basically the belief that the thicker someone is the more likely they are to be a good person, so when I first read "A People that shall dwell Alone" by Kevin MacDonald a thing that really disturbed me was discovering that in Rabbinic Judaism lack of intelligence is associated with evil and it's Religious texts were often extremely cruel about the not that bright. I have noticed though that lately a lot of "Conservatives" here have also adopted the belief that IQ is linked into the moral worth of the person. Having thought about this issue what I think is that lower IQ people when they are good generally speaking are much more straight forwardly good and likewise when they are evil they are much more uninhibitedly so.
Well, as I've often stated on other threads, I think the whole idea of IQ, as it's now used, is bogus. IQ tests were first developed in France in 1904 to see how school children were responding to the French school syllabus and to see who would need extra help with that syllabus. It didn't claim to test intelligence in general, but only how a particular child was responding to a particular syllabus. And that syllabus might not have been suitable to that child. But then IQ tests became an out of control monster. We even have muppets suggesting that the intelligence of Africans can be determined by using European school tests.
The fact is that intelligence manifests itself in many different ways. Some of the doctors and the saints of the Church might not have excelled at Latin grammar, but they demonstrated a genius when it came to apprehending mystical truths that would have been entirely above the heads of those who demonstrated more conventional intelligence.
I think the reason that American "conservatives" adopt the idea that IQ has something to do with moral worth is that they are fixated on money, and they automatically think that someone who is very rich must be very intelligent. In the Torah, wealth is often associated with having the blessing of God. Therefore the rich are seen as morally upstanding, while the poor are seen as shiftless and profligate. So it's easy to see how these "conservative" fools would latch onto something like the simple IQ test as a sign of having God on your side.
Of course, they are anything but conservative, as they try to impose Liberalism on traditional and tribal forms of society.