May 29, 2006

Scientists shouldn't get married?

Writing about web page http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_development/previous_issues/articles/2006_05_26/scientific_success_what_s_love_got_to_do_with_it

Scientific Success: What's Love Got to Do With It?

So, case proven: getting married (for men) is bad for your scientific research. There does seem to be something of a male orientation in this work

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"The productivity of male scientists tends to drop right after marriage," says Kanazawa. "Scientists tend to 'desist' from scientific research upon marriage, just like criminals desist from crime upon marriage. Kanazawa's perhaps controversial perspective is that of an evolutionary psychologist. "Men conduct scientific research (or do anything else) in order to attract women and get married (albeit unconsciously)," he says. "What’s the point of doing science (or anything else) if one is already married? Marriage (or, more accurately reproductive success, which men can usually attain only through marriage) is the goal; science or anything else men do is but a means.

Darwinism rules, it seems!


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