An academic's perspective
I’m a new member and I just learned about PE a few months ago. I’ve been reading up about it here and at the pegym forums ever since. From the perspective of as an academic who has conducted several studies and published several papers in scientific journals (I am a Ph. D student in theoretical physics), I can’t understand why the scientific literature on PE is so sparse!
From my experience in the academic community, we are always jumping at the first opportunity to study something new. To an academic, the number of studies published/citations generated is a metaphorical penis and publishing more is adding inches to it! There is a pressure to publish, and we are always desperate to find new uncharted territories to work on even if it is a rumor or something uninteresting or unimportant and not widely applicable. No matter what it is, scientific groups will race to study it.
Yet, here the research topic is probably the biggest fascination of man since ancient times (the stars are the seconds biggest fascination :P) and is highly applicable with the potential of improving the lives of half of the world’s male population who are below the median size. We have a whole community with a plethora of anecdotal and pictorial evidence, thousands of members, and probably hundreds of people being willing participants in in a relatively simple to conduct study. Despite all this, no medical researcher is exactly kicking down any doors to study PE.
I’d say it’s time we raise some awareness for this and try to find ways reconcile the differences between the thousands of people PE has worked for one end of the table and the denying and scaring doctors on the other. I’d love to hear some suggestions on how to do this.
I think it would be nice if we invited a few medical researchers to take a look and browse the forum and see the sheer amount of impossible to fabricate anecdotal evidence here. This would perhaps motivate a few more of them to conduct some real research on the topic. Who knows, the results might even help us improve our technique, come up with better routines, improve gains, have better safety etc.
Here, I emphasize ‘researchers’ not just regular ‘doctors’. A doctor will just repeat the same thing he learned in medical school ten years ago and might not have sufficient experience in the scientific method. A researcher has an open mind and would jump at the opportunity to study anything new.