Daily Data Dump (Tuesday)

By Razib Khan | May 11, 2010 3:12 pm

Templeton disproves gene analysis that appeared to support out-of-Africa replacement model. This is from a Washington U. press release, but the title is still obnoxious. The term “prove” and “disprove” should be used sparingly in science (though perhaps there are others out there who disagree, I’d like some reasons laid out for why they shouldn’t be used only in exceptional circumstances). Remember that I pointed to a controversy between Alan Templeton and computational biologists who used a Bayesian phylogenetic framework a few weeks ago. Templeton is claiming that the Neandertal admixture findings vindicate him. Certainly one does need to revisit models which assume that admixture may have occurred, but only below a threshold of 1%, when the current research indicates 1% to be the low bound. But I don’t think we need to fall into the trap of separating the world into the light and the dark; people may be right for the wrong reasons, and methods may be wrong because of faulty axioms. And who knows, Paabo & company may be in error. It happens.

Koch Industries distances itself from tea parties. I wonder if the renewed focus on immigration is prompting this (the Koch’s are conventional libertarians on the issue, most Tea Party activists are not).

Obesity Linked to Lowest Earnings.

Animals Talk, Sing and Act Like Humans? Young Children’s Reasoning About Biological World Is Influenced by Cultural Beliefs. Psychologists get criticized for characterizing the minds of Western university students as universal, but in this case, they over-extrapolated from urban children.

The Psychological Diversity of Mankind. Like the rational actor model of economics there is some utility in focusing on the interindividual invariant aspects of cognition. But at some point you’ve squeezed all the juice out, and need to move on. Those of us who tend toward the neuroatypical side have intuitively understood that humans exhibit psychological diversity, because we’ve been looking in from outside the circus tent, whether we know it or not.

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  • Sam DeMann

    From what I understand the people who run Koch are Jewish and Jews tend to be pro-immigration. One of the things I like about the Tea Party movement is that it is made up of ordinary Americans and is not supported by wealthy elites.

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp Razib Khan

    From what I understand the people who run Koch are Jewish and Jews tend to be pro-immigration.

    lol. you understand so little my friend. the koch’s are german catholics. of course i assume you will “save” yourself by suggesting that the catholic church is also run by the juden. yes, american jews are inordinately pro-immigration. but most pro-immigration people in the USA are not jews (i.e., if 10% of non-hispanic whites are pro-immigration, ~2/3 of pro-immigration people are still not jewish, assuming all jews are pro-immigration).

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  • http://hemplocke.wordpress.com C. W. Lucas

    About the Templeton contraversy is it not apropriate to use the word prove when refering to the mathematics of a model rather than the results of the model?

  • Melykin

    The article about obesity and lower earnings suggests that low earnings cause obesity. I think it is more likely that obesity prevents people from getting better jobs, or lurking variables cause both things. Apparently tall people earn more money than short people, does that mean earning more money causes people to grow taller? It does if you apply the same logic as the author of this article.

  • MK

    ***(i.e., if 10% of non-hispanic whites are pro-immigration, ~2/3 of pro-immigration people are still not jewish, assuming all jews are pro-immigration***

    Obviously they’re not. There are a number of vocal critics. Nonetheless, pro-immigration organisations like the ADL, ACLU, SPLC etc are obviously well funded and influential. More generally, if you’re wealthy it seems more acceptable to put money into pro-immigration causes. Is there any equivalent of a wealthy immigration control advocate doing what David Gelbaum did with the Sierra Club?

  • MK

    ***Healthy, lower-calorie foods also tend to be more expensive and less available in poorer communities.***

    This wouldn’t apply in NZ. The Pak N Save (most budget) supermarket has the cheapest fruit and vegetables. I suspect that it has more to do with choosing to eat more fast food and not exercising.

  • http://changelog.ca/ Charles Iliya Krempeaux

    Perhaps an analogy only Canadians will recognize, but the Tea Party “movement” seems similar to the Canadian Reform Party “movement” (which eventually died off)…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reform_Party_of_Canada

    The Canadian Reform Party got popular as a Populist Movement but also had its libertarian threads in it. But it eventually got absorbed into the mainstream (Canadian) Conservative Party.

    The Tea Party is a populist movement that also has its libertarian threads. And it looks like it could eventually be absorbed by the U.S.’s conservative party — the Republican Party.

  • http://entitledtoanopinion.wordpress.com TGGP

    Charles, the Tea Party isn’t an actual political party. Most of its supporters are just cranky Republicans who don’t have anyone else to vote for. The U.S has a two-party system, while Canada has more.

  • http://raysawhill.com Ray Sawhill

    Razib is neuro-atypical? The world wants to know: In which ways?

  • Sandgroper

    Smarter :)

  • http://changelog.ca/ Charles Iliya Krempeaux

    @Ray Sawhill said…
    Razib is neuro-atypical? The world wants to know: In which ways?

    Just a guess… but by “neuroatypical” Razib might mean: Aspie. I.e., someone on the Broader Autistic Spectrum.

    My impression is that a lot of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians are Aspies. (I.e., they are overrepresented.)

    There’s a test for it here…
    http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.12/aqtest.html

    Also, there’s another popular Aspie test here…
    http://www.rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php

  • Sandgroper

    Scored 35 on the first test. Engineer.

  • http://raysawhill.com Ray Sawhill

    Aspie? Maybe. But I’ve met Razib a few times, and he didn’t remind me much at all of the Aspies I’ve known.

  • znz

    Crypto-Aspie?

  • Katharine

    I’ve noticed how a lot of these ‘Aspie quizzes’ are biased against intelligent people who aren’t on the autism spectrum.

    I’m not on the autism spectrum. I’m perfectly adept socially, capable of starting conversations with strangers when I feel like it, and capable of being tactful and giving and taking criticism and direction when it’s constructive, and other things that are required to function socially. I am quite capable of leading and coordinating others, among other things, and have had ample occasions in which I’ve done so. At the same time, I’m highly introverted, tend to be frustrated when interrupted when I’m doing something, have what may be an unconventional sense of humor to dumber people (my sense of humor is varied; I am entirely capable of finding humor in situations which often aren’t humorous to most people. In that respect, I use it as something of a coping mechanism sometimes.), and have an intense hatred of large, mindless gatherings (I say ‘mindless’ because I imagine I wouldn’t have a problem at conferences, where I expect the majority of people to have brains.).

    Most of what these quizzes label as a ‘problem’ is not so much an inability as a simple dislike.

    What is psychology’s problem with those who prefer doing what’s right or smart to what the majority does, if what the majority does is wrong or dumb?

  • http://changelog.ca/ Charles Iliya Krempeaux

    @Ray Sawhill said…
    Aspie? Maybe. But I’ve met Razib a few times, and he didn’t remind me much at all of the Aspies I’ve known.

    I’ve never met Razib face-to-face, but based on his BloggingHeads videos, he seems like the engineers I’ve seen that have scored high on the Aspie Test.

    I think most people’s stereotype of an Aspie might be wrong. I suspect most people think of something like Rain Man as the stereotypical Aspie, where Bill Gates might be a more appropriate stereotypical Aspie. At least, that’s what my impression is given the engineers and mathematicians that I’ve seen score high on the AQ Test. (But of course, my experience might not be representative.)

    I suspect most Aspies actually do NOT know they are Aspies. It seems like it’s only the disabled ones that get usually take the Aspie test. So people’s views of what a stereotypical Aspie is skewed towards that. (I remember reading something from the UK that claimed that most Aspies are the High Functioning type. But I can’t find the link for it at the moment.)

    Perhaps Razib should add the Aspie test set of questions to his yearly GNXP survey :-)

    @Katharine said…
    What is psychology’s problem with those who prefer doing what’s right or smart to what the majority does, if what the majority does is wrong or dumb?

    Go read the DSM and see how many of the disorders are defined. You may find many of their definitions to be absurd.

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