Following on from yesterday, I have been doing some research.
Why not? Every one else seems to be doing it so I might as well join the throng?
Anyhows, I started my brief journey by doing a brief search on the Interwebs, using the term “research suggests”. Fuck me! 9,770,000 results. That is one hell of a lot of grants?
Topics were somewhat eclectic, ranging from how babies link words to concepts [WOW! Whoever would have thunk that?], to apparently curing mental illness by bunging everyone into prayer camps in Ghana.
Just as an afterthought I threw in “studies suggest smoking” and got 1,230,000 results which means that smoking seems to be the main topic of research, accounting for 12.6% of all studies? I think there is a little obsession going on here?
Anyhows, I got to pondering just how long all this brainpower had been devoted to such trivial matters, and whether there was a link to my theory that researchers are just people who couldn’t find meaningful employment once they were replaced by computers. I bunged “studies suggest” into Ngram, along with “research suggests” and this is what I got –
The timeline is from 1900 to 2008, so the start of the main rise is around the late ’60s which is around the time that automation was being widely introduced. There is an interesting drop in 2004 which maybe suggests that people were beginning to realise just how worthless these projects were? Further studies are needed on that point?
Anyhows, my conclusion is that all researchers should immediately be returned to the factory floors and other menial tasks befitting their talents, where they can at least do something productive.
That’s what my research suggests.