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Presumably, most of the effect is due to socioeconomic correlation and I'm sure Virgil understands that.

It's interesting how big the correlation is. I might have expected only a few percent WRT music.

I want to see the correlation between Ayn Rand books and number of friends.

I agree. This quote from him makes it explicit. “Of course there is the whole correlation is not causation thing, but, I mean, duh,”

The "but" seems to imply that he nonetheless thinks that intelligence is effecting taste. I don't know. I've been shocked by some relatively intelligent people with atrocious taste in things, but it wouldn't be a shocker if the idiots really did like "Lil Wayne" because they're idiots. I mean, jesus fucking christ:


I read it in the opposite way: it's so obvious that this is just a correlation and not causation that he feels silly explicitly stating it.

You think music is a weaker socioeconomic correlate than books? I think it's trickier to name a stronger one. Music is entirely subjective and subject to peer pressure.

I would have expected music to be more weakly correlated with intelligence than books. Smart people can enjoy low-brow music as well as high-brow music. But smart people rarely read low-brow books, and dumb people rarely read high-brow literature.

However, I guess he wasn't looking at their whole collection but just the stuff they mentioned on facebook, which reflects their social aspirations. So, for example, I have both Lynyrd Skynyrd and Chopin in my iTunes collection. But people who mention one of those in their facebook profile are probably very different from those who mention the other.

I just finished Atlas Shrugged(one hour ago) :-D

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