Sorry, I didn't respond to this sooner. We actually ended up having a long and by no means conclusive conversation about this.

There's a lot more to it but the two biggest problems I have with Caplan are as follows:

  1. He relies a great deal on separated-at-birth twin studies. These studies tend to include subjects in the dozens, and are prone to a number of mitigating inconsistencies (After all we're not talking about rats here. You can't just engineer the perfect circumstances, and the window of time between science being sufficiently advanced and the inte

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Meetup : Seattle, Diseased Thinking and evidence on parenting

by jsalvatier 8y11th Jan 201213 comments


Discussion article for the meetup : Seattle, Diseased Thinking and evidence on parenting

WHEN: 15 January 2012 04:00:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 950 N 72nd St, Seattle 98103

We haven't had a serious-ish meetup in a while, so I'd like to do that this Sunday. Walid has graciously volunteered to host the meetup (call me to be let in 360-602-1069). There are two cats in the apartment that can be quarantined if necessary. The plan is read Diseased Thinking about applying reductionism to notions about diseases. I'd also like to discuss the role of parenting on life outcomes of children. Bryan Caplan's book "Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids" presents strong evidence that parenting style has surprisingly little impact on long term life outcomes of children. I'll begin by summarizing the evidence in the book and some of the things Caplan uses that evidence to argue and then we'll discuss for a while. I'm a bit of a Bryan Caplan fanboy, so come with your skeptic hat on. After that we'll have dinner and hang out. I'll try to bring a case of beer.

Discussion article for the meetup : Seattle, Diseased Thinking and evidence on parenting