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Articles to 2016-07-17

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The main studies on heritability and inheritance were done before the discovery of DNA and genes and they still stand. They are not invalidated by the search for a genetic base of most traits so far drawing up blanks. So Beauchamp’s non-result of statistical significance born from huge numbers alone does not prove, there’s (nearly) nothing there. That said he too tries to hide the fact he found nothing at all behind words like imply and suggestive.


Even more than the tiny and negligible effect sizes in human genetics Eklund et al. and Iyengar show up the ridiculous level of absurdity indiscriminate p-hacking has led to. More than ever our guiding principle should return to “If you can’t see it, it ain’t there!”

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