Beer and Science (No Comments)


The take home message is that scientists who drink beer publish less.  “Dr. Grim, carried out the research by surveying his fellow Czech ornithologists about their beer drinking habits first in 2002 and then in 2006. He obtained the same results each time. The paper has quickly been making the rounds among biologists, provoking reactions like surprise, nervous titters and irritation — often accompanied by the name of a scientist whose drinking is as impressive as his or her list of publications. Matthew Symonds, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Melbourne who has also studied factors affecting scientific productivity, called the results remarkable. It’s rather devastating to be told we should drink less beer in order to increase our scientific performance,” Dr. Symonds said.” “Though the public may tend to think of scientists as exceedingly sober, scientific schmoozing is often beer-tinged, famous for producing spectacular breakthroughs and productive collaborations, countless papers having begun as scrawls on cocktail napkins. Yet the new study shows no indication that some level of moderate social beer drinking increases scientific productivity.” However, there is still hope “Some scientists suggest that biologists in the Czech Republic could prove to be an anomaly, given that the country has a special relationship to beer, boasting the highest rate of beer consumption on earth.”

So yeah it is their small sample size. Or the fact that they are  working with a population of ornithologists and not a wider disciplined group of scientists. Or that the scientists who published less drank more beer to drown their sorrows. Or that the scientists who published less published into better journals. Or……well………anything that doesnt blame the beer.


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