The $5 million public health project in Guyana that I consult on has entered the fourth year of a four year mandate. Some of the team members are pictured to the left. I’m quite proud of all the good work we’ve done, and hope to do more of it with other projects in the future.
Meanwhile, EK Hornbeck sends us this article which further plumbs that oft-cited statistic about married men living longer than single men.
As far as I know, the statistic is accurate; I have no beef with it. But it seems to me that discussants of this topic tend to suffer the same pathology that besets many anti-porn activists, namely an inability to distinguish between correlation and causation.
See, it may well be the case that marriage confers a health benefit upon men. But it is equally likely that unhealthy men tend not to marry. Both scenarios produce the same statistic. So beware of lay articles that discuss statistics like this one, but which fail to sufficienly explore all the various interpretations.
It reminds me of an old joke…. Why do men die before their wives? Because they want to!
(It’s a joke. Get over it.)