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A 🧵 of 🧵’s, on my 🔑 criticisms of social-science research.

My 🔑 criticism of evolutionary psychology:

(Focused on evolutionary past, overlooking adaptations to *contemporary* context, enabled by learning processes.)

My criticism of “theories” in social-psychology:

(Restatements of intuitions, don’t actually explain the puzzle, fit the facts, or make much sense.)

My main criticisms of behavioral & experimental econ:

(Fitting utility function, w/o understanding what’s going on; testing models by literally reproducing it in the lab)

More on 👆 criticism of (many) lab experiments:

(Experiments that literally reproduce models aren’t good tests of the model.)

How social-psychology gets over-sold:

(Experiments are carefully checked for internal validity, but interpretations are not checked for soundness.)

A ubiquitous problem throughout the social-sciences.

(Causal claims involving endogenous forces are misleading a.f..)

A specific example of 👆fallacy leading intellectuals astray.

(Sam Harris views on ☪️ and White Supremacy built off fallacious premise that beliefs are endogenous.)

Another specific example of👆fallacy re endogenous forces being treated as causes:

(Just cause party members vehemently take opposing stances doesn’t mean “tribalism” is the cause of these stances; what gets “tribalized” is endogenous.)

Another common misinterpretation of experiments:

(Experiments that capture costs, but hide the benefits, don’t *actually* show the behavior is ill-advisable.)

Why I think the norms of experimental econ are misinformed:

(Not actually about avoiding tainting subject pool; financial incentives aren’t always 🔑)

My criticism of the happiness literature:

((1)Hedonic adaptation is there by design, in no way implies “not worth trying” (2) wellbeing measures pick up on costs but miss 🔑 benefits (3) bias to show socially desirable, easy to fix.)

My criticism of “heritability” studies:

(Which show behavior x correlates w/ 🧬 y, or is more correlated among identical than fraternal twins, and conclude, quite misleadingly imo, that x is *caused* by genetics.)

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