Sunday, December 20, 2009

Books That Make You Dumb

Ever wonder what book the "smart people" are reading? Well, thanks to Virgil Griffith your questions are answered. Using the joined powers of Facebook and, he has created a graph showing us exactly which books are for smart people and which are for the less-than-bright.

Of course, all this information needs to be taken with a grain (or two) of salt. Facebook is never the most reliable source of information, and also the SAT scores he uses are out of date. And I don't think I even need to mention that these results on include college students who have a Facebook on which they listed their favorite books. You're all smart enough to figure that out, though.

So according to this, smart people read Lolita or 100 Years of Solitude and dumb people read Zane. (I haven't even heard of Zane, unless they're referring to Zane Grey books.) People who list their favorite book as "The Bible" are smarter than people who like "The Holy Bible." What this all means, I don't know, but I think it's pretty entertaining. He also made one about music that's equally interesting and equally skewed. I'm pleased to report that smart people listen to Radiohead and not Lil' Wayne, but that's just a matter of taste.


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