Pride cometh before a fall

There’s a new web article around, looks very academic, that purports to show by studies of aging that concludes thus:
Results The findings did not support the contention that “pride comes before a fall.”

It was linked from somewhere that said this debunks the old “saying that pride comes before a fall.”

That “saying” came from a book called the Bible. This is an example of why even still-unrepentant atheism proselytizer Richard Dawkins says “If you don’t know the King James Bible, you don’t know English”.

So maybe they didn’t know that. Signs of the times.

But then they actually apply a study to see if self-described “proud” people have a higher falling rate in old age.

Stop laughing, clean your keyboard, and continue reading when you’re ready.

Reminds me of another Biblical passage: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”.

The web page says “No funding was provided to conduct this secondary analysis”. That begs another question, who paid for this guy’s room and board? I guess this is what an “honorary research fellow” does?

  1. D McMinn, honorary research fellow1,
  2. S J Fergusson, specialty registrar in general surgery2,
  3. M Daly, associate professor in behavioural science3

Author affiliations

  1. 1Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD, UK
  2. 2Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley PA2 9PN, UK
  3. 3Department of Management Work and Organisation, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK


Golly. They must be running out of creativity for research questions.

The Bible wins again. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” -Isaiah 8:20


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