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Submission + - Study Says That Beer Makes Men Smarter (

Attila Dimedici writes: Researchers at the University of Chicago say that men are better at solving brain teasers when they have had a couple of beers than when they are stone-cold sober. They discovered that at .07 blood alcohol level men were better problem solvers than when they were sober. Additionally, they found that men were better at solving problems in groups of three rather than in groups of two.
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Submission + - Tilburg professor faked data in at least 30 academ (

Attila Dimedici writes: "A professor at Tilburg has been caught using fake data in over 30 scientific papers. His latest paper claimed that eating meat made people anto-social and selfish. Other academics were skeptical of his findings and raised doubts about his research. Upon investigation it was discovered that he had invented the data he used in many of his papers and there is question as to whether or not he used faked data in all of his papers. This is why so many people have trouble taking social and behavioral sciences seriously as science"

Submission + - Science turns authoritarian (

Attila Dimedici writes: This story suggests that one of the reasons that people have less trust in sientific pronouncements is because science reporting has stopped being a nuetral "Science has discovered..." and become more "Science says we must...". They tracked the usage of the following phrases using Lexis Nexis over the last 30 years:: "science says we must," "science says we should," "science tells us we must," "science tells us we should," "science commands," "science requires," "science dictates," and "science compels."
What they discovered was that the phrase "science tells us we must..." has increased in usage dramatically over that time frame. That increase was dramatically greater than that of the other phrases they searched for. The authors suggest that this increased usage of science to tell us what behaviors we should pursue (as opposed to earlier science reporting merely saying that "such and such behavior has this negative consequence" and allowing people to decide what action to take themselves based on that information) has damaged the credibility of science in the minds of the general public. Read the article yourselves and decide what you think of their hypothesis.

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