Category Archives: Joke

When intelligence hurts

This is a real title of a scientific paper “When intelligence hurts and ignorance is bliss

Higher intelligence may have a downside in the modern world, by allowing life satisfaction to be more vulnerable from being better able to comprehend the severity of problems that did not exist in the ancestral world.

which isn’t an unexpected conclusion – although Gelman notes some circular argument as in earlier Kanazawa papers

In the past few years, Satoshi Kanazawa, a reader in management and research methodology at the London School of Economics, published a series of papers in the Journal of Theoretical Biology with titles such as “Big and Tall Parents Have More Sons” (2005), “Violent Men Have More Sons” (2006), “Engineers Have More Sons, Nurses Have More Daughters” (2005), and “Beautiful Parents Have More Daugh-ters” (2007). More recently, he has publicized some of these claims in an article, “10 Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature,” for Psychology Today and in a book written with Alan S. Miller, Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters.However, the statistical analysis underlying Kanazawa’s claims has been shown to have basic flaws, with some of his analyses making the error of controlling for an intermediate outcome in estimating a causal effect, and another analysis being subject to multiple-comparisons problems.

While I wholeheartedly agree with Gelman, his objection nevertheless confirms the hypothesis…

Academic age

Ever heard of this term? Here it comes

Another feature that was rated useful was evidence of applicants’ ‘academic age’. This was defined as the number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) years for which they’d worked in academia and was calculated from the year of their first academic publication, rather than the year they got their graduate degree.

So while the new Swiss granting scheme looks really nice, I expect that other funders will use the idea and divide impact factor by academic age…

Ghost authors

We all know that there are animal co-authors in the scientific literature like the dog of Polly Matzinger. Here is another example, see a further nice story of Sophie Fessl …

I rearrange facts so they resemble truth more than in reality

Take care – category joke here.

This article won’t change your mind

I remember looking at her and thinking, ‘She’s totally lying.’ At the same time, I remember something in my mind saying, ‘And that doesn’t matter.’

Don’t miss Werner Herzog…

Significant phrases to hide a non significant result

One of those papers I wish I would have had the idea  ;-)

The question is how phrases expressing nonsignificant results have been reported in RCTs over the past 30 years.

incredible … and it is even tortured science to rely on p<0.05  – for a discussion see references 1, 2 and 3.


It’s all too much

Charles Day in Physics Today (which is already my view in biomedicine 5 years ago)

Their main conclusion is sobering: As the number of papers in a field increases, researchers find it harder to recognize innovative work. Progress seems to be slowing.

Der neue Forschertyp

Das LJ Editorial zitiert Charlton’s “Why modern scientists are so dull”

Auf jeder Stufe von Ausbildung und Karriere gibt es die Tendenz, wirklich schlaue und kreative Menschen auszuschließen, indem man vor allem gewissenhafte und kontaktfähige Leute vorzieht. In dem Maße, in dem Wissenschaft immer stärker durch Peer-Review-Mechanismen dominiert wird, erlangt der pro-soziale und konsensfähige Forscher immer mehr Vorrang vor dem brillanten und inspirierten – oft aber auch schroffen und rebellischen – Typ des Wahrheitssuchers, der früher unter den besten Wissenschaftlern so weit verbreitet war.

cum grano salis… denn es sind nicht vor allem die gewissenhaften sondern die gewissenlosen. .. Die Empfehlung im Original

A further vital ingredient is therefore necessary: devotion to the transcendental value of Truth. Elite revolutionary science should therefore be a place that welcomes brilliant, impulsive, inspired, antisocial oddballs – so long as they are also dedicated truth-seekers.

Yea, yea.

How to buy papers

It is incredible – but probably some kind of advanced fee scam only. Screenshot 10.1.2022 while I can’ t verify the original Facebook post


500€ would be clear bargain compared to the 9500€ that you have to pay here Screenshot 10.1.2022

although there is a surplus of 6000€ for the science writer at fiverr and another 50,000€ lab funding to one of the numerous “science charities”  and “patient alliances”.

Allergy research failed from the beginning

I have been asked why allergy research is so much dominated by quack research with an obsession to  strange research areas like risk by use of  toilet paper or protection by  cow shit .

I don’t know the answer. Maybe every “researcher” can immediately get a paper published?

The field has been spoiled since I worked in this area – here is a never retracted paper on the effect of molecules in water below the Avogadro limit…


The data may not contain the answer

(stolen from )

John Tukey (1915-2000), American mathematician best known for the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) algorithm and the box plot