Next time you see a beautiful person making a fool out of him/herself on a talk show or flubbing lines on an award show, or constantly running afoul of the law, understand that they’re still a lot smarter than all of you average-looking people.
Stats show that most people are not physically beautiful, and most people aren’t overly intelligent, so it stands to reason that beautiful people are also smarter people.
And to make you feel worse about yourself than you already do, the London School of Economics conducted a study and discovered that handsome men and beautiful women had higher IQs!
“Physical attractiveness is significantly positively associated with general intelligence,” (the scientific journal) Intelligence reported Satoshi Kanazawa, the head LSE researcher saying.
Intelligent men have more success (the academic myth contends), therefore 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.”
Of course no one in academia will get funding without inventing a compassion angle in the conclusion of their ‘study.’
“Our contention that beautiful people are more intelligent is purely scientific,” Kanazawa said with compassion. “It is not a prescription for how to treat or judge others.”
Well, isn’t that terribly PC of the good doctor to add that patronizing progressive caveat.
Intelligence Quotient is the poorest indicator of future success. Beautiful and/or smarter people usually find more ingenious ways of screwing up their lives.
Success most always turns on drive, motivation and persistence, by the way.
Give me a hefty government grant and I’ll disprove the beauty-intellect myth in my own study.