08 April 2008

Sex and the university

I have to express my sincere gratitude to CNN for bringing this to my attention. It's quite a time since I had me such a refreshing ROTFLMAO...

When young men were shown erotic pictures, they were more likely to make a larger financial gamble than if they were shown a picture of something scary, such as a snake, or something neutral, such as a stapler, university researchers reported.
Of course, in my advanced age I cannot be a volunteer for such a research, but from the impartial heights of experience the conclusion above looks as full of holes as the proverbial cheese.

To start with: young men in general are likely to perform any shenanigan when shown a nekkid picture, be the shenanigan of financial or any other nature. Now, if you choose for your test group "15 heterosexual young men at Stanford University" (which means in short words "15 sex-starved animals of male persuasion"), your ability to manipulate them into any stupid decision raises infinitely.

Then - who said that snakes and, to put it mildly, staplers, are totally unrelated to sex? Maybe in refined laboratory conditions... oh well...
"You have a need in an evolutionary sense for both money and women. They trigger the same brain area," said Camelia Kuhnen, a Northwestern University finance professor who conducted the study with a Stanford University psychologist.
I suspect that in an evolutionary sense it will be much better to siphon off some of the bloated university budgets to something more worthwhile, instead of adding another research paper to the evergrowing pile of the Research Annals of the Obvious.

And since I am sure that at least one of the readers will demand an example of such worthwhile research, here is one: channeling the excessive sexual energy of some students into increasing their zeal for the studies.

What do ya'll think?