Boy is this going to piss off a LOT of people. Odds are
the more recreational drugs you consume the smarter you are. Counter intuitive huh?
According to Psychology Today, people who use more drugs are more intelligent. "Intelligent people don't always do the right thing," they write, "only the evolutionarily novel thing."My theory is a little different. The brain conditions that give a propensity to drug use also give a propensity to intelligence.
According to a study conducted by National Child Development, "more intelligent children in the United Kingdom are more likely to grow up to consume psychoactive drugs than less intelligent children." These drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, alcohol and tobacco.
The chart on the left shows the findings of the study. It depicts the latent factor for the consumption of 13 different kinds of psychoactive drugs, (cannabis, ecstasy, amphetamines, LSD, amyl nitrate, magic mushrooms, cocaine, temazepan, semeron, ketamine, crack, heroin, and methadone). There is a clear association between childhood general intelligence and adult drug consumption.
In any case this is so totally hilarious and unexpected that it is going to blow minds. The stereotype of the stupid drug user is just plain wrong. Why might that be? Let us think: only the stupid drug users get caught. The smart ones are getting away with it and the smart ones predominate.
The stupid shits are the ones supporting drug prohibition. This is just funny as hell. It reminds me of the old joke "Drugs make people stupid. Especially the people who don't use them."
So was this true in the US?
"Very bright individuals (with IQs above 125) are roughly three-tenths of a standard deviation more likely to consume psychoactive drugs than very dull individuals," says Psychology Today. They ran the same study in the U.S. and found similar results.I can see an explosion of illegal drug use coming if the word on this gets out as everyone tries to prove they are smarter than average.
This may explain why Drug Testing Lowers High Tech Productivity.
It is true beyond a doubt that stupid people are running the drug war and smart people are against it. Why stupid? We in the US pay $70 billion a year (according to this video) to make criminals richer and to make it easier for kids to get an illegal drug than a legal beer. How stupid do you have to be to support that? Dumber than a box of rocks.
The smarter police are catching on. Check these guys out:
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Citizens Opposing Prohibition
Here is a video by some really smart guys about the drug war.
American Drug War: The Last White Hope
Here is the trailer:
My advice to anyone who wants to try this at home? Be careful out there. Because if you are not smart enough you are likely to get caught.
Cross Posted at Classical Values