Slothful For The Sake Of Science

from the and-the-fortune-cookie-says... dept

Apparently researchers are keeping a number of volunteers in bed for sixty days to see what kind of impact it has on their bodies. The research is focused on women, and is expected to be useful in understanding the impacts of long-term space-flight, when people are in zero-gravity conditions for extended periods of time. What's interesting, though, is one woman's rationale for volunteering. An active hiker, she claims that she wanted to test out what extreme slothfulness was like.


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    dorpus, Nov 23rd, 2005 @ 12:28pm

    Survival Time Analysis

    Problem is, censoring times won't be independent of observation times. People like the active hiker will be at increased risk of dropping out of the study.
    Age will be an interesting covariate in this, though -- presumably, older participants will have less trouble completing the study. Can't make 10-year-olds lie in bed for 60 days, because that would be considered child abuse.

     

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    Jared Anderson, Nov 23rd, 2005 @ 1:50pm

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    Haa,"Extreme slothfulness."

     

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    Testudo, Nov 23rd, 2005 @ 2:16pm

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    Have to say, that would not be a study I'd want to partake in. I am highly doubtful that I would be able to go the complete 60 days without going crazy.

     

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    dorpus, Nov 23rd, 2005 @ 5:17pm

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    There is a very good chance that you will acquire a disability before you die. So, you may have to spend 60 days, 600 days, or 6,000 days as such, at some random date in the future.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 23rd, 2005 @ 7:04pm

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    I believe you simply say "sloth" rather than slothfulness

     

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    dorpus, Nov 24th, 2005 @ 8:01am

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    do u get to choose what beer u drink & what tv u watch. unlimited intarweb included of course.

     

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