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Monday, November 02, 2009


More bad science.

A snapshot of the patterns of government in the recent history of humanity is a giant convenience sample - and from this convenience sample the authors proceed to select inclusion in categories based on poorly specified criteria. Incompatibility of data, category errors, and questionable decisions on inclusion or exclusion from poorly defined groups; there is too much wrong with this.

Evolutionary influences on behavior are fascinating but the quality of research coming out in that field is iffy and too used to generate wildly unproven conclusions.

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