Monday, March 2, 2009

Books and Music That Make You Dumb

On the book front, Lolita was favorite tome of the brightest students (a result which Griffith called “charming”), with an average SAT score of 1317. The lowest-scoring students liked the erotica author Zane, with an average score of 980. And strangely, the students who listed their favorite book as “The Bible” were smarter (1047) than those who said it was “The Holy Bible” (980).

Ironically, students who wrote “I don’t read” in the space for favorite books were only slots 14 from the bottom in terms of SAT scores, meaning that there were 13 other favorite books that theoretically made students “dumber” than not reading books at all.

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“Of course there is the whole correlation is not causation thing, but, I mean, duh,” he added.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/02/27/books-and-music-that-make-you-dumb/

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