The latest “scientific” research shows an earth shattering discovery: Men like good looking women.

Well, Duuuh.

What’s next, a study to prove the sky is blue?

But actually, the study doesn’t prove anything from a scientific point of view.

Peter Todd, of Indiana University, examined the choices made by 46 adults in a speed-dating session in Germany and found that the men sought the more attractive women and the women were drawn to material wealth and security.

Speed dating events — sessions involving 30 men and women who have numerous “mini dates” lasting less than 5 minutes each — are a “microcosm where mate choices are made sequentially in a faster and more formalized fashion than in daily life,” Todd said.

The study involved too small a group to make that conclusion, and involved only Germans (mating behavior has a lot of cultural influence, so a study involving one culture can’t prove anything about other cultures). Finally, one wonders if the choice of the study participants was “random”.

So now you will read bemused news articles in your paper telling you the obvious: That science has affirmed what everyone knows: men are attracted to good looking women, and that women prefer men who might be wealthy.

What no one will bother to notice is something more serious: That a major scientific journal would publish a pseudo study using a small data base that proves nothing.

As a doctor, I’ve watched some of our most esteemed medical journals publish
articles that are either nonsense (not anything to do with science) or that allowed authors to claim good data proving their agenda, when an examination of the hard scientific data proved no such thing.

Now maybe publishing a “fluff” piece like this is a nice news filler for a slow news day, but the experiment was not a well done scientific study and therefore it proves nothing.
And shame to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science for publishing such drivil.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. She has had two articles published in major medical journals, one on medical ethics and one on pharmacology.

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