Australian colleague, Steve ‘The Pogmeister’ Pogonowski, writes about a press release we, eh, released today. It features a fantastic F1000 reviewer, one Robert Sapolsky, who in addition to being able to turn out phrases such as irresistible human neuroethology study and testosterone makes you act nicer without breaking a sweat, sports what can only be described as a magnificent ZZ Top-style facial accoutrement.
Steve says that the first journalist enquiries we’re getting are not about the science, but about the beard:
So I have this theory, see. Brian reckons that the private sector works harder than academics (whispers: that might be true in his case). Benoit says that to be top of the pile in academia one has to work really quite hard. Now, I could blog about anecdote not being the plural of data, and whether Brian’s right or Benoit’s right or I could even ask everyone at Nature Network what is their experience–but on the whole I think that would be a useless exercise and would inflame tempers unnecessarily. After all, this is Nature Network, ‘the friendliest place on the interwebs’; not somewhere else that begins with ‘S’ and ends in ‘cienceblogs’.
Instead, I wonder if there is an association between hirsuteness and working hard/success, in academia and the private sector. Now’s your chance: disprove this hypothesis.