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December 5, 2005

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According to a story from Reuters (11/30/05) by Patricia Reaney, researchers have found that such famous names as Pablo Picasso, Lord Byron and Dylan Thomas not only shared generous portions of the gift of creativity, but great sex lives too (just to be clear they aren't implying they shared great sex with each other).

To be precise, researchers didn't really use the term great either to qualify the sexual activity since that's subjective at best, but rather the term prolific would be more accurate.

Psychologists at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Open University (Yes, it does seems pretty "Open" if it's spending valuable grant money on projects about famous dudes getting laid.) discovered that professional artists and poets have around twice the normal number of sex partners as other people do. Creative is sexy or sexy is creative.

Dr Daniel Nettle, a psychologist at Newcastle University's School of Biology and his colleague Helen Clegg questioned 425 British men and women, including professional artists, poets and schizophrenic patients, about creative activity, sexual encounters and their mental health. They found that professional artists and poets had between 4 and 10 sexual partners, while less creative people had an average of three (no specific mention of how well the schizophrenics do on scoring sex).

"It could be that very creative types lead a bohemian lifestyle and tend to act more on sexual impulses and opportunities, often purely for experience's sake, than the average person would," said Nettle. Long-term partners of artists are less likely to expect loyalty, fidelity, and unfaithfulness tolerated, according to the researchers.

Simply put, creative types are whores, whether it makes them better at their craft or not, seems not to be explained by the study. Therefore, I might finally finish my great American novel if I just got laid more, but it doesn't guarantee anyone would want to read it when I was done.

Posted by Will Peters at December 5, 2005 1:54 AM

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