A Theory about Questions in Paper Titles

I have this hypothesis about scientific papers: If the title of the paper contains a question, the paper answers the question with a “no”.

My own examples:

I’m sure there are plenty of counter-examples, but just leafing through the piles of papers and issues of “Science” on my desk, this seems to be a genuine predilection of scientific writers. You pose a hypothetical question, then you demolish it.

[tags]science, papers, questions[/tags]

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