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Why beautiful people are more intelligent

This paper breaks down the theorem “beautiful people are more intelligent” into 4 assumptions. These assumptions are short and sweet and evidence is provided in the actual paper.

  1. Men who are more intelligent are more likely to attain higher status
  2. Higher status men are more likely to mate with more beautiful women
  3. Intelligence is heritable
  4. Beauty is heritable

Hence, it logically follows that beautiful people are more intelligent.


Note that while the correlation between beauty and intelligence is statistically significant (p < .05), the strength of the relationship is fairly weak (d = .07), compared to for example, beauty and popularity (d = .65).

Kanazawa, S. & Kovar, J. L. (2002). Why beautiful people are more intelligent. Intelligence, 32(3), 227-243. [PDF]

September 4, 2006 at 2:09 pm 70 comments


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