A week of links

Links this week:

  1. There are plenty of reviews of Nicholas Wade’s new book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human HistoryRobert VerBruggen‘s is one of the more interesting. We’ll be throwing a lot of social science under the bus if we apply Andrew Gelman’s filter more generally. Greg Cochran points to some errors and Razib offers a perspective.
  2. Gelman again, this time on poor research in evolutionary psychology. I agree with both him and Pinker here.
  3. A review of Think Like a Freak. From the excerpts I have seen, it seems that Levitt and Dubner are running into the same problem as a lot of the behavioural economics literature – there are only so many “funky” stories to go around.
  4. Can a single gene explain 3 per cent of the variation in IQ? I don’t think so, but interesting none the less.

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