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10 November 2013 @ 05:25 pm
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"In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development in history. The study's goal was to determine as best as possible what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. The astonishing range of psychological, anthropological, and physical traits — ranging from personality type to IQ to drinking habits to family relationships to 'hanging length of his scrotum' — indicates just how exhaustive and quantifiable the research data has become...

"As you can imagine, the study's discoveries are bountiful, but the most significant finding of all is that 'Alcoholism is a disorder of great destructive power.' In fact, alcoholism is the single strongest cause of divorce between the Grant Study men and their wives. Alcoholism was also found to be strongly coupled with neurosis and depression (which most often follows alcohol abuse, rather than preceding it). Together with cigarette smoking, alcoholism proves to be the #1 greatest cause of morbidity and death. And above a certain level, intelligence doesn't prevent the damage."

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That Guynecrocannibal on November 10th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
Take a look at the bbc 7up series, of you get a chance. They've been checking in on the same group of people every 7 years for a long, long time now. It is shocking to watch them grow in time lapse.
Trevor Stone: Trevor glowing grad macky auditoriumflwyd on November 11th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
Attending Harvard is usually a strong step toward human flourishing...