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Why Big Butts Are Good

Intelligence.

There is a moderate correlation between maternal WHR and cognitive measures of their offspring. Using data from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, William Lassek at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and Steven Gaulin of the University of California, Santa Barbara, found a child’s performance in cognitive tests was linked to their mother’s waist-hip ratio, a proxy for how much fat she stores on her hips.

Children whose mothers had wide hips and a low waist-hip ratio scored highest, leading Lassek and Gaulin to suggest that fetuses benefit from hip fat, which contains long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, critical for the development of the fetus’s brain. In addition, evidence suggests that children of low-WHR teens were protected from the cognitive deficits often associated with teen birth.

It appears that men are more influenced by female waist-size than hip-size:

“Hip size indicates pelvic size and the amount of additional fat storage that can be used as a source of energy. Waist size conveys information such as current reproductive status or health status … in westernized societies with no risk of seasonal lack of food, the waist, conveying information about fecundity and health status, will be more important than hip size for assessing a female’s attractiveness.”

Journal of Biological Psychology
(1) Lassek, W.; Gaulin S. (January 2008). “Waist-hip ratio and cognitive ability: is gluteofemoral fat a privileged store of neurodevelopmental resources?”. Evolution and Human Behavior 29 (1): 26・4.
(2) Rozmus-Wrzesinska M, Pawlowski B (March 2005). “Men’s ratings of female attractiveness are influenced more by changes in female waist size compared with changes in hip size”. Biol Psychol 68 (3): 299・08.

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All the more reason to go for the big booty bitches! hahaha

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Confirmed: Religious people are stupid.

So, speaking of stupid people… I found this the other day, which generally just reinforced something I’d pretty much thought my entire life…

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice
IQ vs. Religiosity
Study: Again, Christian Conservatives Linked To Lower IQ
Another study links intelligence to lack of religiosity…
Inoculations Against Religiosity: Intelligence and Education
Religiosity and Intelligence

From one of the studies, basically lower intelligence correlates with religiosity because the blind acceptance required by fundamentalism is a result of a lack of critical analysis.

These analyses indicated that intelligence was significantly and negatively associated with five of the six religion measures,with the largest coefficient on fundamentalism (β=−.13). Only spirituality did not relate to intelligence. This pattern of relationships did not change when education was omitted: For each of the religion variables, except fundamentalism,the association with intelligence was practically unchanged (all Δβ≤.01). For fundamentalism, however, removing education from the model increased the association with intelligence to β=−.25 (up from β=−.13). Openness had mixed relationships with the religion measures: For mindfulness, spirituality, and religious support, openness was a significant and positive predictor; however, this relationship was reversed for fundamentalism. Religious identification and private religious practice were not significantly associated with openness. Demographic variables were also significantly associated with the religion measures. Both sex (male = 1, female = 2) and age were positively associated with each of the religion measures with the exception of age on spirituality, and fundamentalism, where a null effect was observed for both age and sex.

You can download the pdf of one of the the studies here.

Now I don’t want to get into it too much – you can read the studies yourself, I linked them above for just that. But, the bottom line is this: Religious people, are basically… stupid.

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