I love the way this unfolds:

Someone did a study — I have no idea if its serious or not –  that suggested eating more chocolate improves a nation’s chances of producing Nobel Prize winners.

One of the Nobel prize winners responded with the appropriate amount of snark:

“Eric Cornell, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001, told Reuters: “I attribute essentially all my success to the very large amount of chocolate that I consume. Personally I feel that milk chocolate makes you stupid… dark chocolate is the way to go. It’s one thing if you want a medicine or chemistry Nobel Prize but if you want a physics Nobel Prize it pretty much has got to be dark chocolate.”

But when [we] contacted him to elaborate on this comment, he changed his tune.

I deeply regret the rash remarks I made to the media. We scientists should strive to maintain objective neutrality and refrain from declaring our affiliation either with milk chocolate or with dark chocolate,” he said.

Now I ask that the media kindly respect my family’s privacy in this difficult time.”

That is hilarious!

The only trouble with sarcasm is how many people seem to miss it . . .



Does chocolate make you clever?
Charlotte Pritchard BBC News
BBC, 19 November 2012

Category: Humor, Mathematics, Psychology, UnScience

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7 Responses to “QOTD: On Bias, Correlation and Objectivity”

  1. Orange14 says:

    Totally agree about eating dark chocolate. A couple of squares and bingo, I can complete the NYT Sunday crossword puzzle in pen in less than 20 minutes!

  2. Julia Chestnut says:

    A couple of squares of really good dark chocolate and I feel less angry at my spouse – does that count?

  3. GeorgeBurnsWasRight says:

    I don’t eat anything less than 91% chocolate, because a lower percentage dilutes the amount of chocolate already in my body.

  4. aiadvisors says:

    “The only trouble with sarcasm is how many people seem to miss it . . .”

    … which is even more hilarious!

  5. Rich in NJ says:

    Way back in the last century during my college days, our hash brownies were always made with dark chocolate. I don’t know if it made me smarter or dumber (I suspect that non-participant would opt for the latter), but if they were made correctly, I really didn’t care.

  6. Theravadin says:

    The thing I notice is how many Nobel Laureates have a great sense of humour. I’m all for chocolate, but we need to look at the link between achievement and laughter as well. In that vein, Rich in NJ may be on to something…

  7. NC Bob says:

    “Sarchasm – That gulf of space between someone who says something sarcastic and the person who doesn’t get it.”
    Author unknown.