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 Sep 04, 2007 - 04:00 PM - by Michael
* Pink VS Blue

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No, not another Halo machinima - Both the Bad Science column and The Guardian take on 'research' that claims there's an evolutionary basis for putting newborn boys in blue and girls in pink.

To put it bluntly: Rubbish.

"The differences were so substantial that seasoned researchers using the data are usually able to predict the sex of a participant by checking their favourite colour." It all makes sense, apparently, because a clear blue sky indicated good hunting weather, where red sometimes means a fruit is ripe. Wow.

Here's what I want to know: when are we going to stop this idiocy? When are at least the decent universities - like, for instance, Newcastle - going to introduce some kind of cost-benefit analysis into their research programmes? How much will this knowledge benefit humanity, and at what cost to our academic credibility? I only ask because it seems to be taking such a long time.


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