On the way home today I picked up the copy of the Guardian that was left behind by the person sat next to me.
Now, normally I'd be proud to admit to being the sort of lily-livered lefty who reads the Guardian, but then I wouldn't be banking on page 13.
The Guardian is the home of Bad Science, an excellent column by Ben Goldacre. Yet page 13 contains an article that is a textbook example of bad science. I'd also suggest that in the headline - Countries' high rates of disease linked to lower IQs, claim scientists - that the editor
It starts innocently, albeit banally, enough with a no-shit-Sherlock opening gambit:
People who live in countries where disease is rife may have lower IQs because they have to divert energy away from brain development to fight infections, scientists in the US claim.Well, yes, quite. It should be no surprise that small children who are ill or suffering from malnutrition do not have the same resources to devote to brain development. But this is hardly news.