This is an interesting little graph. Some guy looked up the ten most popular books at every college. Then he looked up the average SAT/ACT score for those colleges, and graphed the correlation between being a popular book and SAT scores.
He also sorts the book by category. The books correlated with the lowest SAT scores? Erotica correlates with lowest scores (with the exception of “Lolita” which is correlated with high SAT scores). African-American literature is the second lowest category – which isn’t surprising since being African-American correlates with liking African-American literature and having low test scores. Dystopian literature (Fahrenheit 451, 1984, etc) is third. And religious literature is the fourth lowest category. “The Holy Bible” is the lowest in that category, and is in the 9th lowest position of all 100 books in the list. Admittedly, “The Bible” also appears in the list, at a higher position. (Is there an intelligence correlation between calling it “The Holy Bible” versus “The Bible”? Are you more intelligent if you leave out the “Holy”?) In fact, “I don’t read” was correlated with higher SAT scores than people who listed “The Holy Bible”.
Surprisingly, The Book of Mormon has the highest SAT correlation in the religion category. You know – that book written by the charlatan psychic Joseph Smith that says Jews sailed to America in 600 B.C., populated the Americas (despite genetic evidence to the contrary), and had massive wars (that no one can find any archaeological evidence of)?
The highest SAT scores were correlated with the categories of the classics, philosophy, and science fiction.
Anyway, it was nice to see my old school in the 84th percentile of American colleges.