June 03, 2011

A Scientific Prediction, Uninfluenced by Sentiment or Wishful Thinking

Within a year, Kanazawa will have a fellowship at the American Enterprise Institute (where he'll fit right in); he will not have learned anything about factor models, or data analysis, or indeed anything else. I suspect he will also have a book under way about how the politically correct hordes drove him from England, in which he will compare himself to Galileo, but that is not so securely supported by my model.

Oh, and as for Henry's point, I feel like I should offer a back-handed defense of evolutionary psychology. It's true that a field where Kanazawa could get away with so much for so long as nothing to be proud of, but it's not at all clear that evolutionary psychology is actually worse in this regard than other branches of psychology, in some which the mistakes are much more prenicious and much more entrenched. Or that psychology is any worse than other fields; I will plug, once again, Hamilton's The Social Misconstruction of Reality: Validity and Verification in the Scholarly Community. (Nonetheless I would not be surprised if standard really were lower in evolutionary psychology than elsewhere.)

Context; more context; yet more context.

Anticontrarianism; Learned Folly; The Natural Science of the Human Species; The Running-Dogs of Reaction

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