Thank goodness we have men like Alan Colmes to direct us to worthwhile studies like this:

“(P)olitical conservatism is promoted when people rely on low-effort thinking. When effortful, deliberate responding is disrupted or disengaged, thought processes become quick and efficient; these conditions promote conservative ideology… low-effort thought might promote political conservatism because its concepts are easier to process, and processing fluency increases attitude endorsement.”

In other words, conservatives believe in simple, straightforward concepts like freedom and personal responsibility because they themselves are simple — and lazy. Got it.

Funny that Colmes accuses conservatives of “low-effort thinking” when he so willingly engages in it himself.

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Commenter carla5731 points out:

“Low-effort thinking is when the government does all of your thinking for you, and that is the definition of modern progressives.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

  • EclecticHorseman

    Alan should go back on Hannity and explain this to him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      In academe, the organization that published these studies are derided as “pay to publish” outfits. They do not reflect high scholarly standards and are often used to inflate one’s standing for tenure. This is a fact that I doubt Colmes would ever explain to Hannity or his minuscule audience.

  • Yarbles

    Colmes is a sad sad man. I feel sorry for him. Prejudices are what fools use for reason. (Voltaire)

    • TwitWit

      well..it’ has to be Sour Grapes, of course. Combs is clearly still upset over being fired from the Hannity & Combs show.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      If I had to see what he sees every morning in the mirror, I’d be sad too.

  • carla5731

    Low-effort thinking is when the government does all of your thinking for you, and that is the definition of modern progressives.

    • lillymckim

      Loved that!

  • radjahshelduck

    Well, I certainly don’t need to engage in any high effort thinking to know his sister-in-law is smarter and better looking than he is.

    • http://twitter.com/Rustea_ brooksea

      Let’s be a little more charitable to the aesthetically-challenged now.

  • Libs_R_Wrong

    Colmes, Williams, Beckel, Rivera, Smith … all proof that Fox is very generous about hiring the handicapped.

    • stuckinIL4now

      Aw, with this comment you might be insulting the truly handicapped.

    • Barb

      AGREE!

  • http://twitter.com/ArmyGuy6 Army Guy

    But it’s Alan Colmes saying this. How much more do you need to know?

  • KornKing

    Actually, it doesn’t require a lot of effort in thought to be a conservative, a little common sense will do the trick.

    • TJCrane_NCC1701

      I was thinking along similar lines.
      Aside from just using common sense, I don’t have to twist logic like a pretzel to believe or justify the carp that liberals think or do. It’s gotta be a real beeotch doing all that mental exercise and still keep sounding like a moron…..

      • Laconicus

        Yep, it requires less effort for conservatives because they are naturally more intelligent. For liberals, even simple thinking requires a lot of effort.

        • TJCrane_NCC1701

          Just a bit of old fashioned common sense, School of hard knocks kinda thing.
          No more, no less.
          Hey libs, “Squirrel” !!!
          LOLOLOL !

  • rippersnort

    A good example of ” Low Effort Thinking ” just refer to Reid and Pelosi.

    • RightThinking1

      How about Joe Biden?

      • Junie3

        And Obama.

  • Randal Redder

    Alan Colmes is a low-effort showerer. That guy is always disgusting, and this occurs without much hair.

  • Steve_J

    I didn’t think Colms engaged in thiinking. Only regurgitating the Democrat talking points.

  • TiLiNi

    He’d make the perfect Ichabod Crane.

  • moonsbreath

    He’s right! It takes me no effort at all to know he’s a douchebag.

  • ceemack

    When your response to any criticism of “liberal” ideology starts with “But Republicans…”, you probably shouldn’t accuse others of “low-effort” thinking.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Alan Colmes … hahahahahahahahahahahah … does he mean as opposed to the no-effort, no-thinking libturds?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZR4D5E2WTOI4MSKK7AJS6EG3OA Everybodys All American

    What would you expect him to say? No. No. I’m the dummy.

    • Joe W.

      I would expect him to say NOTHING.

    • RightThinking1

      Lol. Thanks for that, cheered my morning.

  • NCRelite

    okay if conservatism is low effort thinking then what do you call shouting racist everytime someone disagrees with you?

    • Rhogue

      consistent 😉

  • callmebond

    This is just another example of a Leftist ‘Projecting’. They have an uncanny ability to project onto others the actions that they themselves are engaged in.

  • OHNESA

    unbalanced!

  • OHNESA

    Since the re-election of BO the left has been emboldened to do/ say what they want. Look at how all of the unions are stepping up and puffing out their chests. So too have the Fox “Fair and Balanced” lefties. In the past two weeks, it seems to me Colmes, Beckel, Williams, et al have been making remarkably bold (and stupid) statements. I would rather just have “Fair” and forget about the “Balanced”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

    Yeah because Colmes is such a resounding success in life…riiight.

  • Guest

    Things like fiscal and personal responsibility thinking are only difficult concepts for the Left Wing Nut Jobs that Colmesie-boy caters to.

    • caffinated1

      Kind of like geithner and his ” no credit ceiling” comment. It’s so much easier to spend when you don’t need to balance the books.

  • Tony0920

    are you serious? just look at this guy. why would his opinion on anything matter?

  • Rhogue

    Could be true. The mental gymnastics to constantly bend and twist the truth and pigeon hole people is no small feat.

  • Anyone00

    Study one used “Eighty-five community members (29% female) who were patrons of a local New England bar”, Study two used “Thirty-eight undergraduates from the University of Maine (89% female)”, Study three used “Thirty-six undergraduates from the University of Maine (53% female)”, Study Four “Thirty-four undergraduates from the University of Arkansas (66% female)” …. wow, what fantastic sample cross section.
    The paper itself isn’t that long (but sites lots and lots of other works): you can likely find much more flaws in their methodology than I can.

  • MoxieLouise

    OK, Alan, let me explain this to you. Have you ever heard of Occam’s razor? It goes like this: : a scientific and philosophic rule that entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily which is interpreted as requiring that the simplest of competing theories be preferred to the more complex or that explanations of unknown phenomena be sought first in terms of known quantities. Simple and stupid are two different things.

  • digitalPimple

    Here Allan I got stupid studies too you moon-bat moron:

    A new study conducted at Harvard University shows that in America,
    Liberals have a significantly lower IQ than Conservatives. The study was
    conducted on 100,000 registered voters in 40 different states over the
    last twelve years, and has concluded its results.

    The first part of the study lists the correlation between political
    beliefs and intelligence. Subjects of the study were chosen at random
    and requested to come to an unmarked van to take a test and answer some
    questions for a reasonable amount of money.

    Of the 100,000 people, there were people from many doctrines, from
    conservative to liberal to marxist to fascist. Socialists came out on
    bottom, with an average IQ of 87. The second worst were Liberals and
    then Marxists, with 88 and 89 respectively. Conservatives received an
    average score of 110, which is significantly above average.

    I like my study better…

    and FYI:
    Other parts of the study included the daily activities of the various people based on their doctrines. Apparently, Liberals are five times more likely to commit a crime, steal or cheat on a test than anybody else except for Socialists, 52% of which have committed a major felony while being watched. Conservatives not only did not commit any crimes, but they actually prevented them, as the few events where a Conservative was threatened by a thief or mugger was hindered by a concealed handgun. Also, Communists are the most likely to commit rape or sexual assault, second to socialists.

    The study was conducted in other countries as well, where 81% of Muslim Extremists admitted to following the Liberal doctrine and idolizing President Barack Obama. The study was conducted by a group of roughly 900 different scientists across the country over the past twelve years, each one taking on a little over a hundred people per person.

    • Ghost_of_XXX

      I notice you didn’t link to your study…

    • http://twitter.com/BlissDesignz Tabitha Taylor

      Both Pew & New York Times have run surveys that found conservatives / Republicans to be smarter, much more informed politically & better educated than democrats as well.

      There’s lots of studies like that. Oh & study after study also shows conservatives to be much more empathetic & charitable to others in need, which is ironic considering it’s always a meme of the left that they look out for the needy.. (Progressives are the least charitable people alive).

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      The last time I took an IQ test, I scored a 134. That was through the High I.Q. Society website: http://www.highiqsociety.org. Then they sent me an invitation to join the High I.Q. Society, which I feel is contradictory, because they apparently thought I was stupid enough to want to pay the $95/year membership fee. Granted, this was a few years back, and it seems they’ve changed their policies a bit since then.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      I completely agree with that study although I’m still searching to see of its legitimacy. So far I cannot find it on the Harvard University website archives.

      Oh and I scored pretty well on a MENSA pre-test back in college.

    • Joshua Johnson

      Please link your study reference. While the I agree with the thesis, I have a hard time believing that Harvard would shoot itself in the foot with such a study

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    Anyone know why A.C.’s slowly turning into a crocodile?

    When he was still stinking up Haneiddy’s show there eere problems w/the cable that caused.skintones to register dark green. The all the man needed was a 3ft muzzle and he’d have had to watch out for Fish & Wildlife to keep from being returned to his natural habitat.

    Wow, I realize I’m more than just grumpy tonight.
    Pain level’s holding at a strong 8.

    Well. It ill becomes me. I have a lot to be thankful for. And I am.

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

    • nc

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Keep Grumpin’.

    • TwitWit

      Happy Thanksgiving!

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Happy Thanksgiving, Grumpa, and to your family as well!!! You are one of the wisest people here and we are thankful you’re here. God Bless you, Sir, and your family! And as nc said, keep Grumpin’!

  • michael s

    Does he feel that way about Jennifer and Monica Crowley?

  • Gallatin

    I actually take what Colmes said as a compliment. I imagine it is tough being a libtard, they can’t use “youtube video” for awhile so their heads are probably ready to explode trying to figure out a reason for their next blatant example of disgusting behavior.

  • rma

    We love Alan, he makes liberals look like idiots.

  • Christoph DeHaven

    Since when is Alan Colmes a neuropsychologist? I also wonder if he’s heard of Occam’s Razor–simpler conclusions (requiring less mental effort) tend to be more likely to be correct.

  • nc

    This is anecdotal of course, but I’m surrounded by libs and none of them have any idea about current events, much less history, particularly the younger ones.

    How else could The Messengers (MSM) get away with their obvious double standards and propaganda?

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      You’re correct. The majority of Liberals rely on the MSM for everything and when something contradictory and factual springs up, they refute it immediately without digging deeper. They are truly human lemmings or sheep and merely followers. We are more geared towards being leaders as we think for ourselves, do research for ourselves, and are not afraid to oppose and speak up when we disagree with something strongly.

  • Captain Chaos

    Colmes is a blooming idiot. A life long libitard that needs a glass stomach so he cansee where he is going. I hope you realize where his hi head is.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Clever!

  • http://alert-up-usa.com/ AlertUpUSA

    Alan, Alan, Alan-

    Did you think that being a liberal would make you part of its intelligentsia or its literati?

    Dang, sorry to tell you, dude – that train pulled out some time back

    Did you think – oops, I’m sorry, you left-nut-wingers had the license on the higher level logic and capacity for constructing a coherent thought?

    If you run fast enough, you can catch up with the Circus that just left town

  • detroit19

    Alan, I can’t wait for you and your ilk to be proved wrong. The only regret I have is that me, mine and the rest of the like thinkers I associate with, will have to suffer through your ignorance.

  • Taxpayer1234

    “Difficult” does NOT mean “profound” or “true.” Case in point: Read anything by Derrida or Foucault and try not to laugh at the sheer idiocy.

  • barry000

    what is an alan colmes.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    Low-effort thinking=Prog newspeak for not spending your life building an intellectual house of card to justify your hollow, destructive beliefs/

  • Peyton

    I find myself wanting these idiots not to exist anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/WilloughbyAnnie Annie Willoughby

    Choosing right versus wrong IS low effort. It’s Liberal attempts to get around it that requires intensity.

  • scalzo

    Alan Colmes the same one getting owned by Sean Hannity nightly until he couldn’t take it anymore?

  • http://ITSPEOPLE.com/ Tantalus XVI

    Yes Alan, complex thinkers such as yourself strive to get a spit shine on that turd, and dabble in the grey area between right and not that bad. Its you complex thinkers that always accidently release the zombie virus.

  • Joy Daniels Brower

    Good grief! I’d almost forgotten all about that Lib Prog Regressive mouthpiece who engages pretty “low-effort thinking” himself!

  • Jens Christian

    I just twittered him. Never could understand why Fox keeps him and the other liberals on. They just take up oxygen.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      They have to keep them on to be called “fair and balanced”. It sucks, I know.

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    if you go look at it..it doesn’t make much sense. I smell a rat. Colmes prob doesn’t get much attention now that he is off on his own away from Hannity. I agree with the person who says the lefties are feeling stronger and saying bolder things. This was a desperate attempt to prove to his cronies that he’s on the bandwagon. I stopped listening to him a long time ago. I’ve rarely heard anything intelligent come out of his mouth.

  • TocksNedlog

    It takes no effort whatsoever to respond to every criticism of Obama with “What about Booooosh?!”

  • TocksNedlog

    On the other hand, it takes the most convoluted effort imaginable to come up with justifications for how all of these seemingly innocent commonly used words are now racist code-words.

  • Steve_J

    Colmes is such a “high effort” thinker he’s out thought his intelligence.

  • Karl H

    Does anyone else remember when liberal meant you did not want society as a collective and most importantly Government thinking for you?

    I am not liking the new liberal, it seems more like a hive mentality and while I find insects fascinating I do not want to become one. The reason I vote big C conservative is because I am truly liberal. I believe in liberty and in the liberated individual who is responsible and accountable for and unto themselves.

    I think what the study showed was that Republicans (and Democrats) are low level thinkers. Both are motivated by very base ideologies with a distinct lack of understanding about the larger mechanisms.

    As an example Democrats think voting in a Republican will overturn Roe v. Wade, and Republicans think voting in a Republican will move them toward overturning Roe v. Wade. In fact Roe v. Wade is a Supreme Court decision and to overturn it would require another Supreme Court Decision or a Constitutional Amendment. Since neither is a likely possibility the point is moot. The entire subject is just mental masturbation that both sides spend more time on than real issues. And everyone seems perfectly content to engage in this political kabuki theater. As you sow so shall you reap… Face it Barack Obama is the best representation of the limited thinking of the average American voter. The nation has exactly the best man to represent what they stand for in terms of their willingness to engage in critical thinking and what they truly believe in terms of personal liberty.

    My only hope now is that the individual mindedness of Texans is superior to the nation as a whole. At least when the theater catches fire they will be standing near the exits.

    • iandrews08

      But presidents appoint justices.There is one justice about 74, two about 76, and one about 79 right now. 2 are right-leaning(But kennedy can be a swing-vote). 2 are left-leaning.

  • Paul C.

    Nothing has changed, Colmes is just a babbling idiot who spews crap.

  • RightThinking1

    Without reading the ‘study’, I acknowledge that thinking is less of a task for me than for my liberal acquaintances, but then, I am not burdened by non-stop hypocrisy and rationalization.

  • http://twitter.com/glxygal Cath

    Any thinking that isn’t MSM thinking requires far more thought, unless one has been thoughtful enough to not listen to MSM.

  • 4Commencefiring4

    What better term could there be for those whose default accusation is always “racist” or “sexist”? Talk about “low level thinking.” That’s the very definition.

    Don’t think much of Susan Rice’s TV performances? Racist and/or sexist. Didn’t support Obama? Racist. Think Eric Holder is not forthcoming on F&F? Racist. Van Jones isn’t a suitable czar? Racist. Have questions about baton wielding “poll watchers” in Philly? Racist. Mention “food stamps”? Racist. Border security? Racist.

    Low level thinking, exhibit A.

  • Right Wired

    Well, it may ‘low effort’ for us because we’re geniuses and you’re not.

  • hwy505

    I have admittedly listened to Colmes radio show – why? Because it’s hysterical when those that agree with his ideology call in and stir the pot. These are the most ignorant, and the least analytical opines that I have ever heard. If you want a good laugh, tune into his show.

  • hwy505

    I have admittedly listened to Colmes radio show – why? Because it’s hysterical when those that agree with his ideology call in and stir the pot. These are the most ignorant, and the least analytical opines that I have ever heard. If you want a good laugh, tune into his show.

  • bukk

    Conservatives aren’t “low effort” thinkers, they are efficient thinkers. They apply the right amount of thought and energy to complete a task, then move on to the next one. Liberals are “high effort” thinkers because they tend to overthink things that should be simple or obvious. Why are so many conservatives out there doing things in the real world while so many liberals are trapped in the ivory tower? Liberals in many cases represent what my grandpa called “educated fools.”

  • bukk

    Conservatives aren’t “low effort” thinkers, they are efficient thinkers. They apply the right amount of thought and energy to complete a task, then move on to the next one. Liberals are “high effort” thinkers because they tend to overthink things that should be simple or obvious. Why are so many conservatives out there doing things in the real world while so many liberals are trapped in the ivory tower? Liberals in many cases represent what my grandpa called “educated fools.”

  • EastValleyConservative

    I would say dutifully repeating the same talking points given to you by the left (and heard word for word across the MSM platform) is pretty low-effort. Why have your own opinion when the government can give it to you?

  • EastValleyConservative

    I would say dutifully repeating the same talking points given to you by the left (and heard word for word across the MSM platform) is pretty low-effort. Why have your own opinion when the government can give it to you?

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    I’ve always found the Left being very low-effort thinkers since they just go along with whatever the majority believes (see the “Obamaphone Lady”, Lefty tweeters, and celebrities for more). On the other hand, we, on The Right, look at specific occurrences, ideals, and ideologies and analyze (sometimes over analyzing in my case) them thoroughly. We then decide whether we agree or disagree, or half agree or half disagree. I’ve noticed most of the Left agree verbatim on all the same points whereas Republicans and Conservative Republicans have a plethora of different ideas and view points on a mountain of different topics.

    I would suppose Scott Eidelman, Christian S. Crandall, Jeffrey A. Goodman, and John C. Blanchar are people who didn’t really conduct a true study, as you cannot conduct a study based on bias even if there are “subjects” being studied. I would now toss this supposed study out the window as it garners no truth in reality.

    And the fact that Liberals believe this study as fact just proves my point that they are low-effort thinkers.

  • Lovetorun2

    If republicans are “low-effort thinkers”, democrats are “no-effort thinkers”

    .According the James Carville: “Eighty percent of the people who call themselves Democrats don’t have a clue as to political reality…The voter is basically dumb and lazy. The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn’t have a clue than there were Republicans. Truth is relative…That’s why I’m a Democrat. I can make the Democratic voters think whatever I want them to.” (link to full quote: http://beforeitsnews.com/u-s-politics/2012/09/james-carville-says-80-of-democrats-dont-have-a-clue-as-to-political-reality-2444542.html)

    • iandrews08

      haha. Sounds like something that would come from an Onion-type site.

  • BwBarrnone

    I just over heard this conversation “Oh my gawd, it is not fair, I just learned that some states minimum wage is higher then others, I thought it was a federal law and all minimum wage’s where the same. This is not fair”

    Let’s play “Was this an Obama voter or was this a Romney voter”

    I didn’t even want to try to explain a conservative point of view with this low-effort undereducated typical “Me Me Me” individual. It was going to be a helpless cause.

  • Diogenes71

    I listened to A.C.’s radio program on a recent trip to San Francisco. It is the epitome of bigoted, low level thinking and pandering to the dumbest of the dumb. Alan Colmes will never be considered as thinker or an originator of thoughtful ideas. He is a drone. Takes up the talking points and runs with them convinced he is right even when refuted artfully by the likes of O’Reilly. I didn’t listen long. Just couldn’t take the ianities.

  • http://www.findingmo.com drbobhoffman

    The methodology of the study was flawed. No controls were in place for pre-existing beliefs, a convenience sample was used, and the sample size was too small to make any conclusive inferences. The study was lucky to be published.

    Dr. Bobby Hoffman
    Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
    Coordinator, Applied Learning & Instruction, MA
    School of Teaching, Learning, & Leadership
    College of Education
    University of Central Florida

  • http://youtu.be/efJUFlD1S8Q DaleVM14W

    Just T.J.B. from Alan. Watch how he weasels out of a question on his radio show: http://www.vanguardnewsnetwork.com/download/ftl/ftl_12-18-06_p1.mp3

  • lillymckim

    “Commenter carla5731 points out:
    “Low-effort thinking is when the government does all of your thinking for you, and that is the definition of modern progressives.”

    “We couldn’t have said it better ourselves”

    Loved that Carla5731!

  • http://twitter.com/JohnDale49 John Dale

    This is the ugly SOB who made fun of Rick Santorum’s dead child? nice….