Why is social bias and its depressing effects on low-status or low-performing groups exaggerated? We show that the higher intelligence of academics has at best a very weak effect on reducing their bias, facilitates superficially justifying their biases, and may make them better at understanding the benefits of social conformity in general and competitive altruism specifically. We foresee a surge in research examining these mechanisms and recommend, meanwhile, reviving and better observing scientific ideals.
Madison, G., Dutton, E., & Stern, C. (2017). Intelligence, competitive altruism, and “clever silliness” may underlie bias in academe. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e9. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X15002368