another made-up study

It may be grossly unscientific, but a single study by a single graduate student relating music preferences to SAT scores has produced results that would seem to confirm what I was thinking all along. Fans of Lil’ Wayne and Beyonce are near the bottom of the spectrum, with average scores below 950. Obviously, anyone nerdy enough to profess their love for Beethoven gets a score near 1400. But one cannot overlook the impressive showing by Sufjan Stevens, whose average fan’s score (~1250) was second only to Beethoven. Of course this means very little, except that Sufjan produces amazing music and there’s little chance of it killing your brain cells. (By the way, where’s the new Sufjan album? I need my fix.)

http://beatcrave.com/2009-03-03/music-that-makes-you-dumb/

Most bands fall right in the middle somewhere, but I’m happy to see supporters of Guster, Ben Folds, and The Shins scoring highly. Interestingly, Coldplay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers had very narrow distributions, suggesting that either fewer people liked them or that all their fans are essentially identical academically. And how did David Bowie sneak up there so high?

I’m glad I never took the SAT though; it prevents me from being lumped into studies that reinforce assumptions and stereotyping.

Oh, and there’s a website that probably has more details on how the study was conducted, but I’m far too busy to even glance at it. If someone would like to give me the gist of it, that’d be great.

15 thoughts on “another made-up study

  1. Windows 7 to allow uninstall of IE!!!!
    http://blogs.computerworld.com/windows_7_allows_ie_uninstall_ie8_eu_ec_anti_trust_foo

    Also, I really wish I could remember what I made on the SAT. I swear it was like 1270- right in the middle of sufjan…

    The study is pretty ridiculous though, it assumes way too much. I love Lil Wayne. And TI for that matter. But so do a whole bunch of crackheads…

    It’s kinda like saying if you drive a Hummer, you have a tiny penis. I’m sure there are a couple of hummer-drivers with massive penises.

    Also: dumbus passed his nursing class, so he’s just a little bit closer to latech.edu/~ael020

  2. IE uninstall isn’t a big deal. I like having it around to test my site and make sure noobs see it okay.

    I agree that the study is ridiculous, but it’s kind of fun to look at.

    I can’t believe your brother had the balls to make that kind of page on Tech’s server. Amazing pic too. If only he were going to be a doctor… 😉

  3. I AM THE MASTER OF HOSPITAL TANG, RANGING FROM AGES 1-90 YEARS OLD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    ALSO: U2 IS FOR FAGGOTS AND THEIR QUEER BOYFRIENDS>

    ALSO, ALSO: I MADE A 1400 ON MAH SAT AND IM CAPS LOCK CRUISIN WITH THE BEST OF EM.

    ALSO< ALSO< ALSO: COCKS.

  4. Interestingly enough (or not), my SAT score isn’t even on the list (just barely).

    In any case, after a cursory glance I would say my favorite artist on that chart is T.I., who is at the rather low end of the spectrum.

    For whatever that’s worth.

    Oh, Scott, I re-discovered your site! Yay!

    And, finally: Is it sad that I know who that porn start was without even checking the image file name (as Scott apparently did)?

  5. That was a rhetorical question. Of course it’s not sad.

    Eve Lawrence is fucking hot. Especially since she died her hair blonde.

    I’ve beat off to her more times than I can count.

  6. yeah i just used the wrong word for “dyed” fuck you. i just spent all day calling people to talk to them about their dead father.

  7. okay last post i promise (i hope)

    but i had to say something because the “security word” for this post is “obviate”

    do you get to choose these?

  8. 1) You couldn’t crack an 850? 😮
    2) Hooray for site rediscoveries!
    3) No comment.
    4) If ever there were a situation warranting incorrect grammar, that would be it.
    5) You better believe I can set the security words. Any suggestions (that don’t involve genitalia)?

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