The ugly truth: Those friggin’ beautiful people are probably smarter than us, too

by editor on January 27, 2011

The Editor thinks this story is probably nonsense. The Administrator thinks it verifies what he’s always known in his heart.

The New York Daily News has the details:


Yeah, well, if they're so damn smart why did he star in "Sinbad" and why did she marry Billy Bob Thornton?

A study in England conducted by researchers at the London School of Economics found that attractive men and women generally have higher IQs. “Physical attractiveness is significantly positively associated with general intelligence,” said LSE lead researcher Satoshi Kanazawa, in the latest issue of the journal Intelligence.

The study indicated attractive men have IQs that are 13.6 points above the average, while beautiful women are 11.4 points higher than average.

Since intelligent men are more inclined to achieve more success, they are “more likely to marry beautiful women,” Kanazawa said. “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.”

(Note: The remarkably handsome Administrator includes his photo with his comments, but the hideously disfigured Editor doesn’t.)

Source: New York Daily News

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CurtisHx January 27, 2011 at 5:51 am

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*hack* Megan Fox *hack*

And doesn’t the editor want to be called “Johnny Keyboard”? You need to fix the article.

Dr. sipmac January 27, 2011 at 6:27 am

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I trust IHTM, but sorry, I won’t believe a word of that study, even if it was conducted by the London School of Economics. For starters, I’ve read (in books) about studies claiming exactly the opposite, not to mention that you can find nowadays that british academia is commiting frauds in the “hide the decline” style.

Maybe they’re trying to make us “Joe the Plumber” types to give up for good and accept Mr. Barack Obama is the most handsome and intelligent human being ever.

YT January 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

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I’m sure there is some merit to that study. But remember that IQ does not equal intelligence as you and I define it or as it matters in the real world.

The sexy spawn of a rich, smart man and his beautiful gold-digging wife may have higher IQs (as in ability to learn and reason) but if they never need to learn because they are spoiled then they are not “smart”.

Angelina may have the best set of t*ts and DSLs on the continent but if her entire life has been easy she probably can’t balance a checkbook.

I read somewhere that income is proportional to IQ only to a certain extent. Around 120 or so. After that, its negitively correlated due to social factors of the 150 IQ person essentially being “wierd”.

If I had to guess beauty is somewhat similar. If someone is so bomb-shell hot that they are sucked up to their whole life it is actually a hinderance.

Jim Stewart January 27, 2011 at 6:55 am

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When the so-called Beautiful People of Hollywood open their yappers the idea their IQ is higher than average is horseshit.

Thallus January 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

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The London School of Economics may be on to something. Compare conservative women to their liberal counterparts. But then, Tinseltown negates the whole premise. Damn, I’m soooooo confused.

DeanH January 27, 2011 at 7:49 am

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Megan Fox can play the role of Angelina Jolie in the upcoming movie about Robert Redford and his Giant Brain starring Brad Pitt.

whiskeyriver January 27, 2011 at 9:05 am

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What a load of crap. Look at pictures of Einstein, he was a real beauty wasn’t he. Then look at pictures of Barney Frank. Ain’t he a beauty too! And which one was the smartest man? If you don’t know there is no hope for you.

Check out a photo of Golda Mier then tell me pretty women are smarter women. Hey Mr. Limey Scientist! Have you looked at your own Margaret Thatcher? She was no Angelina Jolie but she was one smart lady!

I can’t believe people read or listen to such crap.

alien January 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

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Can’t reject this study outright. Attractiveness is not necessarily beauty.. we’re probably talking 7s and 8s here, not just 10s. Attractiveness correlates highly with facial (and body) symmetry, which is a common indicator of healthier upbringing. 13 pts of IQ is really not that significant — half of that difference is probably lost in the noise of statistics, and other benefits of comparable attractiveness may serve as inputs (confidence or lack-of-stress, etc). Plus, the mild tendency of intelligent successful men to land more attractive mates seems a plausible model.

Angelina can balance me checkbook anytime, too. I .. I trust her brains

perlcat January 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

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I’d trust Angie’s ITC, but only for a quickie. I do believe she’s a bit of a ball breaker when she’s not getting her freak on.

So far as measured intelligence goes — to an Inuit, or to a Bushman, our best & brightest would be about as stupid as could be — we’d have no idea how to survive.

When we measure intelligence, we measure it by a yardstick that works for us. Not to say that a knack for figuring out logic problems is a bad thing — just that that doesn’t do a person a bit of good if he works as a telephone sanitizer or has to find water in a desert.

alien January 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm

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This is all true.. whatever component of intelligence is actually measured by IQ tests is not my point of contention. Whatever that quantified something is, 11-13 pts of it is hardly significant. I am just amazed at how many others here do not seem to understand statistical correlation, and believe that the study claims that every attractive person must be smarter than a less attractive person.

We’re just talking about odds, people.. very slightly altered odds

whiskeyriver January 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm

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I can dismiss her in a second. As far as I am concerned she is only good for two things and I know how to cook.

May Day October 19, 2011 at 3:03 am

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What about Stephen Hawking he is one of the greatest scientists of our time.

J.P. Travis January 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

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I asked my wife if this might explain why I am so smart. She rolled her eyes in what I interpreted as an affirmative reply.

Wright January 27, 2011 at 10:36 am

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With that argument, Nancy Pelosi is down right stupid. Wait! She is down right stupid!

matthew s harrison January 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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Sorry guys-but I have had stools smarter than brad and angie-and most of Hollywood. This one doesn’t hold water!

V.P. Joe January 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

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We, we know now where the first lady falls in all this.

DJ January 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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This study reminds me of a hilarious cartoon that I saw several years ago. It had to do with a sperm and egg bank (foreign, I think) that only allowed ‘beautiful people’ to uh, ‘make a deposit’ so to speak. So the cartoon illustrated the progression of a downright fugly buck-toothed wonder with crossed eyes, no breasts, muffin top. etc until she eventually became a supermodel, via plastic surgery. LOL!

Caveat emptor, for sure!

KimmyQueen January 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm

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Who did this study…?

There is something weird about it. It doesn’t seem to jive with real life.

whiskeyriver January 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm

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Some “proffessor” at the London School of Economics. I would love to see a picture of him/her! Barney Frank or Brad Pitt? Margaret Thatcher or Angelina? Then, with the picture, try to explain the theory again.

hisham January 28, 2011 at 12:06 am

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So much for academic flim-flammery…my college lingustics professor was probably one of the so called smartest academics in his field, I mean the guy could speak over 30 languages fluently and had a good command of at least 40 more…no sh*t! He wasn’t all that good looking, or funny, and he had a hard time tying his necktie. He lived in my apartmet complex, at the time, and I clearly remember having to help him find his way back to his apartment once or twice because he’d gotten lost taking out his kitchen trash. I think Mr. Sashimi Kanigetagranta is blowing smoke up everybodies’ ass.

Deb January 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

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I would be very interested to see the specifics of this study. What was the size of the group studied? What kind of control was used? How was attractiveness evaluated? How was IQ evaluated, and were educational and age differences taken into consideration? Figures don’t lie: but liars can figure.

alien January 28, 2011 at 11:18 am
perlcat January 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

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From the Crackpot theory bin:

The stats reveal that the margin is greater for brits than yanks.

This is from a country famous for bad teeth — the ability to pay for advanced dental work is an indicator of financial success, which is also an indicator of increased intelligence. To a degree, of course.

Bad teeth would certainly reduce a person’s appearance.

alien January 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm

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I’m pretty sure the bad teeth thing is old and comes out of their comparatively late use of flouride in the water (and i think just a minority of country gets its still)

Its a wartime thing.. rations were hard on many Brits, health lagged, and American GIs saw a clear difference and spread stories.

My mom is English (daddy was U.S.A.F. stationed there) and all my english relative’s teeth are fine.

That all being said, methinks American populations might be better mixed genetically and we might have a slim advantage in base attractiveness.. but that’s pure spewkulation

Buck Ofama January 29, 2011 at 1:32 am

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Im not sure fluoride in drinking water is a very good idea. There is a controversy about it, some say its ok..but I have read several studies that show, fluoride in the drinking water affects the IQ of children. I stopped drinking fluoridated water back in the late 70′s or early 80′s when my family doctor told me that fluoride intake was associated with poor motor skills in lab rats. And, it had also been linked to Alzheimers and dementia. He also said that the US Government knew all this before they recommended fluoride in the water supply. (It would not surprise me.) My wife grew up drinking a lot of fluoridated water and I think it has affected her, she will put things away and 10 minutes later she cant remember where she put them. Recently I heard on the news that the Feds had lowered the recommended amount of floride that should be put in drinking water. Try Google (IQ effects of Flouride in water)…Lots of reading material on the subject there. Personally I would rather have bad teeth and know it than to have great teeth and not even know what teeth were…Just my opinion. :-)

J.P. Travis January 29, 2011 at 8:26 am

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I was born and raised in the first city to flouridate its water – Grand Rapids, Michigan – and I have bad teeth and… shit, what was I gonna say?

whiskeyriver January 29, 2011 at 11:23 am

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I was raised out in the sticks on a farm/ranch operation. We used well water from our own well, no city water or floride. I still live in the sticks, with my own unfloridated well water and I don’t have ANY teeth so what is your point?

Well, that’s not true, I do have teeth. They are made of plastic and so easy to take care of, I spit them out into a cup with an Efferdent tablet every night. What were you saying about bad teeth again?

alien January 29, 2011 at 10:42 am

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Scary. I don’t know anything about flouride except what toothpaste tells me so that’s worth research

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