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Men who cheat on their wives are 'less intelligent than faithful husbands'



By James Tozer

Last updated at 8:29 PM on 28th February 2010





Not too clever: Cheryl Cole has split from cheating husband Ashley, who is unlikely to win Mastermind, according to scientists


It is what wronged wives have suspected throughout history - their unfaithful husbands are indeed stupid, according to scientists.

In a finding likely to prove of interest to Cheryl Cole as she contemplates errant husband Ashley's cheating ways, they have concluded that men who sleep around are likely to have lower IQs.

And not only that, but - in an assertion which is likely to prove even more controversial - they also claim that intelligent people are less likely to believe in God or hold conservative views.

Dr Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist from the London School of Economics and Political Science, said the smarter a man was, the less likely he was 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 values and practices.

Therefore, in the case of fidelity, men who cannot adapt and end up succumbing to temptation and cheating on their partners 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.

However 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.







Therefore being in an exclusive relationship is nothing new for women in evolutionary terms, so the same conclusion cannot be drawn.

Dr Kanazawa also analysed teenagers' views on religion and the liberal-conservative spectrum to seek to back up his theory that this would also show a correlation with intelligence.






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Published in the journal Social Psychology Quarterly, his research claims that intelligent people were more likely to dismiss religion and embrace liberal viewpoints.

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.

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.

'Humans are evolutionarily designed to be conservative, caring mostly about their family and friends,' he said.

'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, those who identified themselves as 'not at all religious' had an average IQ of 103, while those who proclaimed themselves '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, which leads them away from traditional religion.

At the same time, 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.'

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They also tend to be black, more often than not. :rolleyes:


These sorts of correlations are just meant to stir up speculation and sell papers.


Maybe, but when you put the likes of John Terry and Ashley Cole into the equation, it does beg the question.............................. :lol:

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That's the point you moron, men who are more intelligent will know how to plan it out better instead of being stupid and thick enough to get caught, and in those three examples, so blatantly caught. So all this news item shows us is that intelligent men are covering up their affairs better, what a fucking surprise.


Like in Ashley and Tigers cases, although the women came out with the truth at the same time eventually, I'm sure every single one of them were never planning to keep it a secret, just waiting for the moment to come out with the story.

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On the other hand, some guys who do cheat end up regretting it as they weren't smart enough to think things through.


I think we can safely say that intelligence has nothing to do with holding down a monogamous relationship, and this thread is completely retarded.

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What is the big deal with this Ashley Cole guy?


He's a serial philanderer who thinks it's OK to treat his wife like a piece of dirt. He's the kind of person who should never have got married in the first place. Same goes for John Terry.

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He's a serial philanderer who thinks it's OK to treat his wife like a piece of dirt. He's the kind of person who should never have got married in the first place. Same goes for John Terry.


Do you have a crush on Cheryl Cole or something?, because you clearly seem fascinated by her marrige.

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He likes to see famous people mess up. Yes, his self esteem is that low that he has to see other people's lives mess up to make him feel better about his own crappy life.


He also thinks his opinion actually counts as something, so he comes in here all high and mighty, preaching about how everyone else is idiotic or mentally unstable, all the while failing to see it's actually him who is really, really screwed up.

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