I think it’s called a confounding factor

Also known as ‘correlation is not causation’:

Scientists have found that the pleasure women get from making love is directly linked to the size of their partner’s bank balance.

They found that the wealthier a man is, the more frequently his partner has orgasms.

That’s just stupid – and nothing in the story leads me to believe these researchers did anything but confirm their own biases.  There really isn’t anything to think that this causation, not correlation, nor is there anything to suggest that it has a basis in biology.  Jeebus, evo-psych is dumb.

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2 Comments on “I think it’s called a confounding factor”

  1. Angela Says:

    Hmm, I’d heard at some point that fertilization is actually more likely to occur when a woman orgasms, but maybe that’s still controversial. At any rate, yes, definitely a confounding factor. Plus, how are these types of studies conducted? Do they compare a single woman’s sexual experiences with several men of different income levels? And what does “often” mean, quantitatively? Way too many holes can be punched in this conclusion. However, I do think there are some valid arguments for the evolutionary basis of choosing a partner.

  2. Dennis Says:

    Possibly, but I think it’s very, very hard to filter out the noise that comes from socialized behavior. Human culture is so complex and has a fairly long history at this point; how can you say with reasonable certainty that a behavior is grounded in biology and not socialization?

    Getting lots of work done, aren’t you? =)

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