Researchers: Attractive people have higher IQs

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#1  Edited By melcene


ATTRACTIVE people have been given even more reason to celebrate after scientists claimed handsome men and pretty women were more likely to have a high IQ.

Researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE) said that physically-attractive people have above-average IQs, with good-looking men around 13.6 points above the norm and attractive women 11.4 points above average.

The findings, based on UK and US studies, suggested that the link between beauty and intelligence means the children of attractive couples will inherit both attributes, forming a genetic link between the qualities.

“Both in the British and American samples, physical attractiveness is significantly positively associated with general intelligence, both with and without controls for social class, body size and health.

The association between physical attractiveness and general intelligence is also stronger among men than among women,” said LSE lead researcher Satoshi Kanazawa, writing in the latest edition of the journal Intelligence.

More than 52,000 people across the UK and US were measured on their academic progress and intelligence, as well as scored on their appearance.
 
“If more intelligent men are more likely to attain higher status, and if men of higher status are more likely to marry beautiful women, then, given that both intelligence and physical attractiveness are highly heritable, there should be a positive correlation between intelligence and physical attractiveness in the children’s generation," Mr Kanazawa said.

He added, however, that his findings were statistical and should not be applied to individuals, saying that “it goes without saying that our contention that beautiful people are more intelligent is purely scientific. It is not a prescription for how to treat or judge others.”

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/attractive-people-have-higher-iqs-uk-scientists-claim/story-e6frfku0-1225989039983#ixzz1BQlNpiQq   
I dunno... I just can't get past how many air-headed pretty people I've come across in life.  
 
However, I'm curious about their scale of appearance.  I've known some really smart people that aren't ugly, but they wouldn't win any contests based on looks, either.  I mean, what exactly is their standard of attractive?  Is it simply not fugly?
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#2  Edited By Kyreo

I don't know if the researcher knows this but most of our intellectual icons were hideous.  Socrates, for example.

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#3  Edited By chstupid

Good thing I'm already both :D

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#4  Edited By Yummylee
@chstupid said:
" Good thing I'm already both :D "
@chstupid said:
" Good thing I'm already both :D "
Is this both your attractiveness and your intellectual side answering for themselves?
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#5  Edited By hexx462

At least this study wasn't done in Germany.

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@melcene: Not being inbred helps a ton.
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#7  Edited By Make_Me_Mad

Researchers: Researchers have a hard time telling people they want to bone that they are stupid.

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#8  Edited By chstupid
@Abyssfull said:
" @chstupid said:
" Good thing I'm already both :D "
@chstupid said:
" Good thing I'm already both :D "
Is this both your attractiveness and your intellectual side answering for themselves? "
Ummmmmmm no  
 
I mean yes ..... wait no
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#9  Edited By Bones8677

The hottest British person is only mildly attractive anywhere else. So these findings are worthless. ;-P

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That'd be why I'm so damn intelligent then.

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#11  Edited By Ben_H

Sounds like all the air-heads at my school who ace all their classes but can't do anything of real value because all they do is memorize course material without ever understanding it. Dead serious, you ask some of them to apply what they learn to a real world situation and they give you a blank stare and recite the definition again.
 
University's really bumming me out so far.  Test grades at my school aren't awarded to sharp thinkers or people who truly understand the material, but instead to those who can memorize the textbook.  Hence why I am becoming a math major, no more memorization of useless crap, only applied logic.
 
Also, kinda skeptical of their criteria.  After all, looks are subjective.  You can kinda tell I hate useless and wasteful research like this.

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#12  Edited By Bones8677
@Ben_H said:

" Hence why I am becoming a math major, no more memorization of useless crap, only applied logic. "

Fatal error detected.
 
Abort/ Retry/ Fail?
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#13  Edited By BeachThunder

Hum, the smartest people I know are hideously ugly =|

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#15  Edited By Choi

How do you scientifically measure beauty? As George Carlin once said: "It's all bullshit folks and it's bad for ya." 
 It would make some sense from the angle that "ugly" kids don't do as well in school and are less active in class because they have lower self esteem or something, but this is just waste of time and money. 
Great studies yet cancer is somehow still a thing -.- 

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#16  Edited By JJWeatherman

Just another way that being so damn handsome has come in handy.

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#17  Edited By Ben_H
@Bones8677 said:
" @Ben_H said:

" Hence why I am becoming a math major, no more memorization of useless crap, only applied logic. "

Fatal error detected. Abort/ Retry/ Fail? "
Haha, good point.  Though the stuff you have to memorize only aids you in working towards an answer, the formula/theorem itself is not the answer (unless doing a proof of course).  That's why I find math so rewarding.  You can have everything you need to solve a question in front of you, but without your abilities, it is all useless.
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#18  Edited By StarvingGamer

I am handsomer and smarter than all of my friends.  Science!

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#19  Edited By MooseyMcMan

How do they define "attractive"? 

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#20  Edited By buzz_clik

Hey, I just found out I'm physically attractive (although I have photographic evidence that kinda goes against the science).

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#21  Edited By Bones8677
@Ben_H said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @Ben_H said:

" Hence why I am becoming a math major, no more memorization of useless crap, only applied logic. "

Fatal error detected. Abort/ Retry/ Fail? "
Haha, good point.  Though the stuff you have to memorize only aids you in working towards an answer, the formula/theorem itself is not the answer (unless doing a proof of course).  That's why I find math so rewarding.  You can have everything you need to solve a question in front of you, but without your abilities, it is all useless. "
Speaking frankly. Unless you're gonna go work for NASA, any level of math above basic Algebra is pointless. Of course I'm an artist so I'm quite biased. hehe
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#22  Edited By vilhelmnielsen

I know I am, but are you?

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#23  Edited By Video_Game_King
@MooseyMcMan said:
" How do they define "attractive"?  "

He supervised the study.
He supervised the study.

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#24  Edited By Gabriel

You guys didn't think you were smarter than Jon Hamm right?

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#25  Edited By ClaritySam

Bullshit, I'm a fuck-ugly genius.

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#26  Edited By Zimbo

It must be true. We all know that Einstein had a male modelling job on weekends.

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#27  Edited By Malakhii
@Make_Me_Mad said:
" Researchers: Researchers have a hard time telling people they want to bone that they are stupid. "
Yeah, they were totally using this study to tap that ass. 
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@Bones8677 said:
" @Ben_H said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @Ben_H said:

" Hence why I am becoming a math major, no more memorization of useless crap, only applied logic. "

Fatal error detected. Abort/ Retry/ Fail? "
Haha, good point.  Though the stuff you have to memorize only aids you in working towards an answer, the formula/theorem itself is not the answer (unless doing a proof of course).  That's why I find math so rewarding.  You can have everything you need to solve a question in front of you, but without your abilities, it is all useless. "
Speaking frankly. Unless you're gonna go work for NASA, any level of math above basic Algebra is pointless. Of course I'm an artist so I'm quite biased. hehe "
Programming? Physics programming? AI Programming? 3D programming? 
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#29  Edited By zityz

Fuck! No wonder I'm HIGHLY attracted to Stephen Hawking....

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#30  Edited By W0lfbl1tzers

I must be very handsome then. I do clean up real nice.

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#31  Edited By bibledoctor

I think being intelligent makes you more attractive, not the other way around.

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#32  Edited By ArchScabby

Can someone please tell me If I'm attractive or not?  I need to know if I'm smart.  PLEASE!

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#33  Edited By Gabriel
@ArchScabby said:
" Can someone please tell me If I'm attractive or not?  I need to know if I'm smart.  PLEASE! "
Post a picture, then prepare to be Judged.
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#34  Edited By Simplexity

The definition of beauty changes over the course of time, so I dunno how they came to this conclusion.
 
I am also ugly and stupid as hell, so the study is correct as far as I am concerned.

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#35  Edited By BeachThunder
@ArchScabby said:
" Can someone please tell me If I'm attractive or not?  I need to know if I'm smart.  PLEASE! "
You're a rubber ducky ^___^ therefore I think you're pretty smart.
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#36  Edited By beej

now I may be confused on statistics, but it sounds like all their test subjects fell within the average standard deviation, thus it seems like a mistake to say that they are really more intelligent, since from a statistical perspective they are in a group with like 70 percent of the population.

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#37  Edited By cornbredx

Ya, I think Paris Hilton paid for this research.
 
Even though I prove this theory is right, I don't want to be considered the same as people who consider themselves smart because they can recite someone elses theories or something.
Therefore I will continue to not shave my beard and look like the lazy tech support rep that I am.
 
That being said, this research is kinda stupid. I would like to know where they get their findings and what the pool was they considered attractive and smart or ugly and stupid. Granted if you're a redneck (a real redneck, not a wannabe redneck =P ) your probably fugly and not to smart either, but that doesn't mean there is no exception to that. 
 
This is how it starts, though. Next thing you know they'll have a study that shows rich people are better looking then poor people, and then science will start defining what beautiful is for us based on social class, and before you know it we're all robots with monkey brains... AAAAHAHHHHH!!!!
 
 
Sorry, I popped a synapse.

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#38  Edited By Make_Me_Mad
@Malakhii said:
" @Make_Me_Mad said:
" Researchers: Researchers have a hard time telling people they want to bone that they are stupid. "
Yeah, they were totally using this study to tap that ass.  "
Can you think of a better way for scientists to score some easy tail?  "Hey, you're absolutely qualified to be in this test that is only for the most attractive people.  Also, oh man, you are so much smarter than anyone else."
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#39  Edited By HaltIamReptar

That's good, ECONOMISTS.

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#40  Edited By natetodamax

Actually, I tend to find that it's the exact opposite.

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#41  Edited By time allen
@MooseyMcMan: tits
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#42  Edited By Brendan
@Guyzea said:
" So how do you determine if someone is attractive? Is there a standard set of traits that you must have to be legally considered attractive? Being attractive is just an opinion. I may think someone is attractive but others may think the complete opposite. "
I read some article once of how Leonardo Da Vinci mapped out the perfectly proportioned human being.  Everything from the length of the arms relative to the torso, to the space between the eyes and their relative distance to other features of the face.  This article took a bunch of models from different ethnicities and put them up against this outline, and they were all surprisingly similar.  They then used photos of people like Steven Tyler and other such non lookers, and they were all over the map.  Food for thought?  
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#43  Edited By X19
@Brendan: Did he write the code down he used for ME2 because I think I could make my female Shephard a bit more prettier.
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#44  Edited By teh_pwnzorer
@melcene:  
 
So these scientists have discovered that folks with Down's syndrome and cerebral palsy are not attractive.
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#45  Edited By ZombieHunterOG

one scientist gets positive results and somethings fact ....lol  

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#46  Edited By Fajita_Jim

'Beautiful Person' in London means most of their teeth are straight.
 
Joking, joking.

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#47  Edited By xaLieNxGrEyx
@CaLe said:
"Well that explains Einstein. "

My thoughts exactly
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#48  Edited By sweep  Moderator

As a scientist, I disagree.

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I've always known this. Hotter people are just better people overall—it's science! Hence why I try to deal with ugly people as little as possible.

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#50  Edited By Levio

Rich people are able to spend more money on both their hygiene and education, while poor people will suffer in both categories.
 
This is a simple example of the difference between correlation and causation.....