In these days of budget cuts and limited resources, it’s often the case that fine arts classes are the first to be cut. Such a thesis is virtually impossible to prove, but he does offer two pieces of evidence to back up his assertion. The first uses data from the 1993 General Sociology Survey, conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. The 1,500 respondents were asked to rate 18 genres of music on a scale of 1 (strongly dislike) to 5 (strongly like). Their verbal intelligence was measured by a test in which they selected a synonym for a word out of five candidates. Verbal intelligence is known to be highly correlated with general intelligence,” Kanazawa writes. He found that net of age, race, sex, education, family income, religion, current and past marital status and number of children, more intelligent Americans are more likely to … Read the rest