The Null Device
Books that make you dumb
A chap named Virgil Griffith has correlated the most popular books at every college in the US (as fetched from Facebook) with that school's average test score to find a correlation between intelligence and favourite books
. According to Griffith's study, the book most correlated with high scores is Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita
, and that with low scores is the Holy Bible (not to be confused with the Bible, which is around the middle, just below Harry Potter); other books correlated with high scores are Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged
, Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle
, and Freakonomics
, and books dumber than "I Dont Read" include various erotica and hip-hop/ghetto fiction, The Purpose Driven Life
and Fahrenheit 451
. Slightly smarter than not reading are the likes of Fight Club
, Dan Brown and John Grisham, along with Shakespeare's Hamlet
; sci-fi, fantasy and geek/fan-interest books like The Lord of the Rings
and, umm, Eragon
rate more highly. (Mind you, this is correlated to test scores, not cultural well-roundedness.)
It would be interesting to see one of these correlating a measure of intelligence (such as test scores) with other factors, such as favourite music (I imagine things that a lot of geeks listen to, like metal, industrial and prog rock would come out on top, and rap-metal/nu-metal and R&B would come out fairly low), movies, or even which Facebook groups/applications one has installed.
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