The average Fox News viewer has an IQ 20 points lower than the US average

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We will just have to disagree.
Just so we're clear, you disagree that initiating force against others is always immoral... that it would be civilized to deal with one another by means of reason rather than force... And you actually support resorting to the use of force to "win" arguments. Is that what you're saying?

But I do realize it is uncomfortable to be called on one's hypocrisy, so I will let it go at that.
There was never any hypocrisy... I pointed out the use of a logical fallacy in hopes that we could continue our discussion without them.
 

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Just so we're clear, you disagree that initiating force against others is always immoral... that it would be civilized to deal with one another by means of reason rather than force... And you actually support resorting to the use of force to "win" arguments. Is that what you're saying?


There was never any hypocrisy... I pointed out the use of a logical fallacy in hopes that we could continue our discussion without them.


You are using hypocrisy again.
No, I was not disagreeing with you that initiating force against other is always immoral. But then again, how can one use "force" in a debate over the internet?

What I was disagreeing with is that my previous comment was "nothing relevant to the validity of your earliest statement.

And logical fallacies are not (by far) the exclusive mistake of liberals (nor is it mine!).
 

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The stance of the right on abortion is just grandstanding piety

And pure hypocrisy

How they can claim to outraged by the removal of a few brainless cells but not by capital punishment just beggars belief

They are invariably pro hunting, pro war, pro capital punishment and pro gun ownership all of which result in large numbers of deaths

Like their other big pro lie.....god
 
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Having watched Fox News (reluctantly) at least once a week for over 4 years and having debated with Fox addicts in several forums . . I had a strong suspicion that this may be true.

But this is actually a scientific study ran by a CONSERVATIVE establishment!


Intelligence Institute Study shows Fox News viewers have an IQ that is 20 points lower than the U.S. National average.
PRWeb – Tue, Dec 4, 2012
shows that the Americans who watch Fox News have an average IQ of 80, whereas the national average is 100. Researchers were not "shocked" by findings.

Birmingham, Alabama (PRWEB) December 04, 2012
The results of a 4 year study show that Americans who obtain their news from Fox News channel have an average IQ of 80, which represents a 20 point deficit when compared to the U.S. national average of 100. IQ, or intelligence quotient, is the international standard of assessing intelligence.
Researchers at The Intelligence Institute, a conservative non-profit group, tested 5,000 people using a series of tests that measure everything from cognitive aptitude to common sense and found that people who identified themselves as Fox News viewers and 'conservative' had, on average, significantly lower intelligent quotients. Fox Viewers represented 2,650 members of the test group.
One test involved showing subjects a series of images and measuring their vitals, namely pulse rate and blood pressure. The self-identified conservatives' vitals increased over 35% when shown complex or shocking images. The image that caused the most stress was a poorly edited picture of President Obama standing next to a "ghostly" image of a child holding a tarantula.
Test subjects who received their news from other outlets or reported they do not watch the news scored an average IQ of 104, compared to 80 for Fox News viewers.
Lead researcher, P. Nichols, explains, "Less intelligent animals rely on instinct when confronted by something which they do not understand. This is an ancient survival reaction all animals, including humans, exhibit. It's a very simple phenomenon, really; think about a dog being afraid of a vacuum cleaner. He doesn't know what a vacuum is or if it may harm him, so he becomes agitated and barks at it. Less intelligent humans do the same thing. Concepts that are too complex for them to understand, may frighten or anger them."
He continues, "Fox News' content is presented at an elementary school level and plays directly into the fears of the less educated and less intelligent."
The researchers said that an IQ of 80 is well above the score of 70, which is where psychiatrists diagnose mental retardation. P. Nichols says an IQ of 80 will not limit anyone's ability to lead happy, fulfilling lives.
The study did not conclude if Fox News contributed to lowering IQ or if it attracts less intelligent humans.
P. Nichols concludes that he wasn't shocked by the studies' results, rather how dramatic their range. "Several previous studies show that self-identified conservatives are less intelligent than self-identified moderates. We have never seen such a homogeneous group teetering so close to special needs levels."
More info to this study can be seen here
P. Nichols
The Intelligence Institute
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And we wonder why a country that selects such a station as their most SUCCESSFUL source of news is in trouble!
I guess, adults believing that "an elementary school level" news outlet is the best way to understand America and the political, social and economic problems we face is not optimal for taking this country to a better place!

I think it is self-evident that anyone who watches that biased drivel is, in effect, pretty dim, but I wouldn't want to allow that to justify 'IQ'. Fox-watchers are stupified by their drug, not naturally stupid, if you ask me (and I admit that you may well not, amazing as that thought might be! :))
 
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