Tuesday, 2 March 2010
As seen in the Daily Mail - 2nd March 2010
Why you'd be stupid to cheat on your wife: Unfaithful men have lower IQs, say scientists.
By JAMES TOZER
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Deceitful and despicable is one description that wronged wives could apply to their cheating husbands.
Plain stupid is another. For scientists have concluded that men who sleep around are likely to have lower IQs.
It is a finding likely to prove of interest to Cheryl Cole as she contemplates her errant partner Ashley's unfaithful ways.
Dr Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist from the London School of Economics and Political Science, said the smarter a man is, the less likely he is to cheat on his partner.
His theory is based on the assertion that through evolutionary history, men have always been 'mildly polygamous'.
That has changed today, however, and Dr Kanazawa explained that entering a sexually exclusive relationship is an 'evolutionarily novel' development for them.
According to his theory, intelligent people are more likely to adopt what in evolutionary terms are new practices - to become 'more evolved'.
Therefore, in the case of fidelity, men who cannot adapt and end up succumbing to temptation and cheating are likely to be more stupid.
'The theory predicts that more intelligent men are more likely to value sexual exclusivity than less intelligent men,' he explained.
According to his theory, the link between fidelity and intelligence does not apply to women because they have always been expected to be faithful to one mate - even in polygamous societies.
Dr Kanazawa's research, in the journal Social Psychology Quarterly, also claims that intelligent people are less likely to believe in God or hold conservative views.
Analysing the American National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, he found young adults who regarded themselves as 'very liberal' had an average IQ of 106, while those who saw themselves as 'very conservative' had an average IQ of 95.
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Dr Kanazawa's theory holds that self-interested, conservative attitudes are primitive in evolutionary terms, while selfless, liberal views are more advanced and linked with intelligence.
Similarly, those who identified themselves as 'not at all religious' had an average IQ of 103, while those who saw themselves as 'very religious' had an average IQ of 97.
According to Dr Kanazawa, that is down to people who are smarter being more open to new ideas.
Those who are less intelligent cling to belief in God, a relic of our evolutionary past, he added.
'Humans are evolutionarily designed to be paranoid and they believe in God because they are paranoid.
'This innate bias towards 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 likely to grow up to go against their natural evolutionary tendency to believe in God and they become atheists.