Discover Magazine Blog has interesting findings about verbal and math aptitude of philosophers and physicists…

Today, I have found a study on the verbal and mathematical aptitude of academics on the Gene Expression Blog run by Discover Magazine. It used the GRE scores by intended major of graduate education as proxies for these aptitudes. Most of its findings are rather unsurprising: mathematicians, physicists, and engineers have the highest quantitative scores, philosophers and english literature folks the highest verbal scores. It gets more interesting as correlations between different types of scores are compared for different intended majors.

What should be of utmost interest to readers of this blog is the following “observation” made nonchalantly towards the end of the post:

“Philosophers are the smartest humanists, physicists the smartest scientists, economists the smartest social scientists.”

Now what does this imply for philosophers of physics (or better still, for philosophers of econophysics)…??

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2 responses to “Discover Magazine Blog has interesting findings about verbal and math aptitude of philosophers and physicists…

  1. Remember the anecdote about Einstein and Marilyn Monroe? We’re the perfect combination of physicist and philosopher. The verbal scores of the physicist and the math aptitude of the philosophers. :)

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