Regular readers of Via Meadia may sometimes get the impression that we have something against settled science. In critiquing hysterical greens for their draconian, hear-no-dissent discourse on climate change and what to do about it, we have often pointed to the ever-changing scientific consensus on such diverse matters as video games, human reproduction, the Theory of Relativity and even the origins of the Shroud of Turin.But let us set the record straight and state unequivocally that we certainly do not oppose the idea of settled science. Take this NPR report:
A new study finds that people who eat chocolate several times a week are actually leaner than people who don’t eat chocolate regularly.…Beatrice Golomb, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, asked about 1,000 people, ages 20 to 85, a simple question: “How many times a week do you consume chocolate?” The participants then completed food frequency questionnaires to estimate their caloric intakes of a whole range of foods including chocolate. They also had weight and height measurement taken to calculate their body mass index, or BMI.“In our study, people who ate chocolate more often actually ate more calories,” says Golomb. “But in spite of that they had lower [BMI].”How much lower? For a 5-foot-tall woman, weighing about 120 pounds, the study found that she was likely to be about 5 pounds lighter if she was a frequent eater of chocolate (five times a week).
Some science deserves to be settled; if any papers get published debunking these important findings, we don’t want to hear about them.