A NEW STUDY shows that beer could be a major factor in determining the success or failure of scientists.
The study, published in Oikos scientific journal, reckons that the more beer a scientist quaffs, the less likely he is to publish a scientific paper or be cited by another researcher. In other words, increasing beer consumption leads to decreased performance. Scientific or otherwise.
The boffin who carried out the study is ornithologist Dr. Tomas Grim, who typically specialises in birds rather than in scientist watching or alcohol research. However, hailing from the Czech Republic where the beer flows freely, Dr. Grim felt an urge to delve deeper into his colleague’s drinking habits. The Palacky University bird doctor, surveyed his fellow Czech ornithologists about their beer sloshing ways twice, first in 2002 and then again in 2006. He apparently got the same results both times, but that could be attributed to double vision.
The study may come as a surprise to boozy scientists who have, in the past, been known to come up with their most fluid thinking after heavy all night drinking sessions. Critics of the study say that whilst it does seem to show a negative link between beer drinking and scientific performance, it fails to properly explain the correlation. Many other factors could also be at the root of problem, meaning there could also be a small chance that beer drinking actually has little or no effect.
Another hypothesis put forward by Washington State University’s Dr. Mike Webster, another ornithologist and beer enthusiast, is that the study could be another chicken or the egg dilemmas. He reckons that maybe “those with poor publication records are drowning their sorrows,” before adding "Yoush my besht pal, you ish." µ
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