May 19, 2009
Via Bookforum, we can now map our sinfulness:
Geographers from Kansas State University have used certain statistical measurements to quantify Nevada’s sins and come up with a county-by-county map purporting to show various degrees of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride in the Silver State. By culling statistics from nationwide databanks of things like sexually transmitted disease infection rates (lust) or killings per capita (wrath), the researchers came up with a sin index. This is a precision party trick — rigorous mapping of ridiculous data.
Glad to know the methodology’s sound, I guess. Still, glancing over the maps, I am left wondering why Western South Dakota is an epicenter of lust. Theories anyone?