According to the study, published in February in Oikos, a highly respected scientific journal, the more beer a scientist drinks, the less likely the scientist is to publish a paper or to have a paper cited by another researcher, a measure of a paper’s quality and importance.
I feel less bad about not getting past Calc II now. I’d like to see a similar study in our field. Many of the folks I know who publish regularly are fans of the ol’ beer. Heck, Jeff drinks so much beer he had to start a second blog for it. And the man cranks out the writin’. Perhaps the beer-writing relationship is reversed for humanists. And in an attempt to prove it, I’m off to the basement for a nice bottle of Ommegang.
Update 3/24: via Slashdot, a criticism of the study, with some funny comments to boot.