mc_squared Posted February 28, 2010 Share Posted February 28, 2010 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 Comments (0) Add to My Stories 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. More... 'I want a quick divorce': Cheryl Cole calls time on her marriage to AshleyDisgraced golf superstar Tiger Woods dropped by Gatorade Wayne Bridge REFUSES to shake John Terry's hand... then has last laugh as his team thrash Chelsea 4-2 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. Golfer Tiger Woods is now most famous for his serial philandering, while Paul Newman, who died in 2008, was widely thought of as Hollywood's most faithful husband. Scientists believe Newman's way of life is 'evolutionarily novel' 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.' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1254420/Men-cheat-wives-intelligent-faithful-husbands.html#ixzz0gsBUwDHj Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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