Of cats and dogs and men

Genetic variation between populations/races of a species is a nice single summary statistic about how large between population phenotypic differences to expect. In case of humans, this value (Fst, the fixation index) is about 15%. This finding is due to Lewontin (1972) and is now mindlessly repeated (Lewontin’s fallacy) as some kind of slam dunk…

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Lewontin’s famous 1972 book chapter

Few people actually read this, which is a shame because the science is interesting for historical purposes, and the fulltext of his famous fallacy is rarely read. I believe this is a pity because it is really obvious when you actually read it. Lewontin, R. C. (1972). “The Apportionment of Human Diversity”. Evolutionary Biology. pp….

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What is Richard Lewontin most known for?

From Reddit. https://www.reddit.com/r/psychology/comments/3hktp8/try_phacking_for_yourself_the_process_of_fishing/cu8rexf?context=3  [–]jufnitz 2 points 1 day ago Not a bad place to plug the excellent, accessible, and snarky Statistics Done Wrong, which explains this problem with p-values along with many other, similarly rampant statistical missteps in natural and social science. Also too, this: Science is not a magic wand that turns everything it…

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