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#41
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From my experience 'intelligent' people (read: booksmart/high IQ whatever) tend to be more open minded about music. They'll listen to symphonies, metal or cheesy pop songs, they can appreciate it for what it is and that each genre has its own niche. Some less intelligent people I know seem more close minded about music and only really appreciate the genres/bands they know and enjoy.
Realistically though I think it'd be incredibly hard to find a correlation between intelligence and musical tastes, aside from a few anecdotes. How is intelligence to be measured? How are we linking it to musical tastes?

Kinda sorta what I said on the first page.
#42
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arnt people who study music generally more intelligent than those who don't?


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#43
I think that music tastes are mainly determined by the environment and reality that a person either lives in, wants to live in, or strongly appreciates. Most, if not all music, can be associated with some type of environment or perception of reality. A white, middle-aged rich opera singer most likely isn't gonna listen to gangsta rap because it probably has nothing for him to relate to.

I don't think intelligence has direct links to this thing.
#44
So I think a lot of people here who say yes would consider a band like Coldplay "low intelligence music"

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He's also a big Coldplay fan.

Smart people don't always have great taste. Stupid people don't always have bad taste.
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#46
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I think that music tastes are mainly determined by the environment and reality that a person either lives in, wants to live in, or strongly appreciates. Most, if not all music, can be associated with some type of environment or perception of reality. A white, middle-aged rich opera singer most likely isn't gonna listen to gangsta rap because it probably has nothing for him to relate to.

I don't think intelligence has direct links to this thing.

Another excellent, well-thought out answer!
#48
from what I know, More punk musicians have a doctorates degree than any other genre.
It's over simplified, So what!

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#49
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No, why would it?
Not like they`re singing in equations.


Well actually sound is in sine waves, which you can make equations for, so technically....

edit: And actually on topic, I think I agree with whoever said that intelligent people kinda appreciate a broader range of music, not necessarily any specific type. But that might also only apply to intelligent people who are also musically inclined.
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#50
iv never met someone who is dumb as **** and listens to classical music
#51
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iv never met someone who is dumb as **** and listens to classical music



I think you'll find that if you're listening to classical music, You're actually mentally challenged
It's over simplified, So what!

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#52
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Well actually sound is in sine waves, which you can make equations for, so technically....

But you could do that with any music, so... Wouldn`t it still be no?
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#53
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iv never met someone who is dumb as **** and listens to classical music


Most people I meet who are that dumb don't care about music much at all. I do know one guy who wants to be a rapper though... he's really bad.... But yeah, can't say I've met one either.

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But you could do that with any music, so... Wouldn`t it still be no?


Yeah. Well actually if thats how it works people who listen to dubstep would probably be the smartest, because its all chopped up and crazy. You'd need some discreet mathematics to figure that out or something.
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#54
On a serious note, your music taste as more to do with your culture and environment than with your supposed 'intelligence' (again, definitions of intelligence vary). There has been an established link between musicians (and people who listen to complex music) and academic achievement, though.
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On a serious note, your music taste as more to do with your culture and environment than with your supposed 'intelligence' (again, definitions of intelligence vary). There has been an established link between musicians (and people who listen to complex music) and academic achievement, though.


but your culture and environment will have a large impact on your intelligence
#56
Absolutely not.


Everyone in my Calculus class in HS ,who were generally classified as the "smart kids": if it wasn't Rihanna, Kanye, or any rapper starting with "Lil", or if it wasn't the absolute worst mainstream country known to man, it wasn't good music to them.

On the other hand, I knew both a guy who studied classical and another who studied jazz, both recreationaly. Both were very skilled guitarists, and both also failed a year of high school.
#58
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yeah, if you're smart you listen to dream theater.


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#59
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I'm stoned and just found that funnier than it should've

anyways, don't know what to say for iq, but I will say that what you listen to really does have something to do with your character
#60
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from what I know, More punk musicians have a doctorates degree than any other genre.


Well is this like a real doctorate they've worked for or an honorary one?

Because Ozzy has a doctorate, but do you think he worked for it with his intelligence?

It was an honourary one.
#61
Quote by Danjo's Guitar
Yeah. Well actually if thats how it works people who listen to dubstep would probably be the smartest, because its all chopped up and crazy. You'd need some discreet mathematics to figure that out or something.

If thats how anybody listens to music, they are definitely smarter than me.
Regardless of how complex it is.
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#62
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No, why would it?
Not like they`re singing in equations.

do you not listen to music and think wow this is a similar feeling to learning math? following along to music is similar to following along to a spoken riddle or story. stupid people cant solve riddles or remember enough to follow along.
#63
I'd say it the music you listen to has very little or nil to how much intelligence you have. I would assert that, although different types of music can point towards a more "intelligent" viewpoint or topic of discussion, a person's reaction to each niche of music and it's context show the intelligence of someone. Now, this isn't pointing to people who are like, "Well, I'm open to everything. C:", not at all. I'm talking about someone who can listen to some songs from a certain genre/sub-genre and say they don't like it yet appreciate the goal it sets out to do and/or judge it based on it's core premise.

I still don't think there's any correlation between a person's intelligence and the way they view music, instead it sounds more like they are able to offer their opinions in a rational and concise manner.

Short answer: nah
#64
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Nah if they were smart they'd be studying a real subject.


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#65
No, the top student in my high school class, who was seriously excellent at everything, apparently listened to mainstream party pop only
#66
I like how a good amount of people who like classical music are elitist snobs who think you need a higher intelligence to enjoy it.
#67
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do you not listen to music and think wow this is a similar feeling to learning math? following along to music is similar to following along to a spoken riddle or story. stupid people cant solve riddles or remember enough to follow along.

Like a riddle or story, yes. But like a math problem, no.
And since most people don`t listen to music for the stories, it doesn`t really change what they like. So I don`t see how whether or not a song has a story would be able to determine how smart people are.
Have a feeling you were just poking at me, but I couldn`t tell, so I gave a serious answer.
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#68
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Like a riddle or story, yes. But like a math problem, no.
And since most people don`t listen to music for the stories, it doesn`t really change what they like. So I don`t see how whether or not a song has a story would be able to determine how smart people are.
Have a feeling you were just poking at me, but I couldn`t tell, so I gave a serious answer.


There is a genre of music made by some math formula. I forgot what it was, but it was really really bad.
#69
Quote by FireFromTheVoid
Like a riddle or story, yes. But like a math problem, no.
And since most people don`t listen to music for the stories, it doesn`t really change what they like. So I don`t see how whether or not a song has a story would be able to determine how smart people are.
Have a feeling you were just poking at me, but I couldn`t tell, so I gave a serious answer.


Math and music are both abstracts, both utilize formula, patterns, etc.
#70
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do you not listen to music and think wow this is a similar feeling to learning math? following along to music is similar to following along to a spoken riddle or story. stupid people cant solve riddles or remember enough to follow along.
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#71
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Like a riddle or story, yes. But like a math problem, no.
And since most people don`t listen to music for the stories, it doesn`t really change what they like. So I don`t see how whether or not a song has a story would be able to determine how smart people are.
Have a feeling you were just poking at me, but I couldn`t tell, so I gave a serious answer.

i didnt mean it like that. im talking about following along with the chord progression, listening for fills, trying to hear key changes, actually critically thinking about the music rather than listening to it as background noise. now, only a musically educated person can really follow along, as any subject. i guess the only thing you can say is that smart people like to use their brain more than the average joe, so a smart person would naturally listen to music that requires a little more thinking to understand, rather than generic pop music.
#72
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Math and music are both abstracts, both utilize formula, patterns, etc.

I`m sorry, I don`t see what your pointing out.
Or are you just saying they`re similar?
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#73
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I`m sorry, I don`t see what your pointing out.
Or are you just saying they`re similar?


Yeah.
#74
Quote by jrcsgtpeppers
i didnt mean it like that. im talking about following along with the chord progression, listening for fills, trying to hear key changes, actually critically thinking about the music rather than listening to it as background noise. now, only a musically educated person can really follow along, as any subject. i guess the only thing you can say is that smart people like to use their brain more than the average joe, so a smart person would naturally listen to music that requires a little more thinking to understand, rather than generic pop music.

Gotcha.
But I was just trying to say you don`t have to be particularly smart to like any kind of music.
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#76
I don't see how the two have anything in common. It all really depends on the person's personality. And depending on the person's environment, as previously stated a few times, is absorbed a bit into your personality. And everything past that is based on what the person decides.

That, and I don't think you're really taking into consideration the word "intelligence".

Intelligence is correlated to understanding.
Music is correlated to entertainment.

Do you see any relation? No. So stop making weird theories.
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#77
I think it does to an extent. Intelligence is usually caused by the enjoyment of thinking and the pursuit of knowledge so people with both of those traits are usually going to have a more refined taste that intrigues them intellectually more often than a person without those qualities.
#79
I think intelligence effects openess of and general view of musical genres. Not sure what would classify someone as smart but I got a score of 98% for year 12, and I listen to everything from Skrillex to Periphery to Dave Weckl.
#80
Don't think it affects the listener, but to musicians it does... If you have about three braincells you're most likely to play punk because it's really easy, but you have to be pretty smart to play super fast prog metal because you need to have a good sense of rhythm and be good at maths etc...
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