Beyonce Makes You Dumb

Does listening to Beyonce make you dumb or do dumb people listen to Beyonce?

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

Is there any correlation between musical taste and intelligence?

Check out this site that proposes a method to see if there is any link between the music we listen to and our smarts (or lack thereof).

He uses SAT scores (which are problematic at best but widely used) as the measure of intelligence. I wonder how other methods of “determining” intelligence would affect the results? But let’s save the discussion about how we quantify intelligence for another time. 

Maybe Beethoven listeners are just very good test takers? Is this “result” related in any way to the theory that Classical Music may help build neural bridges in the brains of babies or would other styles of music do the same? Are we just assuming that Classical Music is a magic bullet for increasing one’s I.Q. so our babies are fed a steady diet of this when Radiohead would do the same?

I thought the methodology was flawed but the results were funny. To be clear, I don’t dislike Beyonce, I just don’t think she is “all that.” She is a stunner, she can sing a little, she can dance a little but the cat’s ass she is not. I know I am in the minority on this but I found her “ranking” funny. 

At the end of the day this really doesn’t mean much more than all the Top (insert #) Lists out there that tend to elicit more dissension than agreement.

Agree, disagree, agree to disagree. I laughed and hopefully you will too.


~ by angryegg on March 16, 2009.

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