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January 27, 2008

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Those are SAT scores - based on a Facebook analysis (by Virgil Griffith via Tyler Cowen)


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This is the type of analysis that a freshman might think is important.

Michael Wells

As someone who always did well on scantron tests, I've always thought that they principally measure your ability to do well on scantron tests. They don't have much to do with intelligence any that matters. My guess is that someone who read several of the books on the left side of the list is probably better off than someone who read one or two on the right side.

Michael R. Bernstein

Richard, your 'Virgil Griffith' credit link is pointing to the NYTimes. I think you need to point it here:

Mark Dowling

aren't "the Holy Bible" and "the Bible" the same book??? What am I missing here?


Thank you once again MB. I also wondered about the bible(s).

Michael Wells

There are a few overlaps of authors and books: John Grisham, A Time to Kill; Dan Brown, DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons; Shakesphere, Hamlet; CS Lewis, Narnia.

The multiple book winner is Steinbeck with three: Mice & Men, Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden. Two each are Mitch Alborn, JRR Tolkien (with 4 if you count the Lord of the Rings as three), Dan Brown and Shakespeare. Harry Potter is probably multiple books.

Zoe B

Do none of them enjoy non-fiction? There are a few memoirs, but Freakonomics represents the social sciences, and there's nothing in the hard sciences.

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