I was browsing around this afternoon and came across this.
“Researchers from Oxford University studied the eye sockets and brain capacity of 55 human skulls from 12 different populations across the world and found that the further human populations live from the equator, the bigger their brains.”
Can anyone tell me how this “study” has in any way advanced the sum total of human knowledge? What is the point of it? What fucking idiot came up with the idea of plotting eye socket size against latitude anyway?
Presumably these people are being paid for stuff like that? As it’s Oxford [and I thought they had a good reputation] at least I have the consolation that my taxes aren’t going towards it, but somebody must be paying for it. Though it wouldn’t surprise me if the fucking EU had a hand in it somewhere, in which case I am paying for it.
The reason these studies piss me off is that every now and then another equally trivial “study” comes up with something that affects me directly. Someone tabulates lifespan against hair colour and decides that salt is bad for you. Someone else tabulates the television programmes we watch against the number of times we sneeze and deduces that we should stop drinking stout. Someone else counts the number of Natterjack Toads being squashed on the road and deduces that the sun only has another couple of billion years to run before burning out, and that we should all live with our curtains drawn to save on the use of sunlight.
Have these people really nothing better to do?
Why don’t they just do a definitive study into the idiocy of studies?