Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Researchers' Err - Population Generalizations

"Our findings suggest that members of WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic) societies are among the least representative populations one could find for generalizing about humans. Overall, these empirical patterns suggest that we need to be less cavalier in addressing questions of human nature, on the basis of data drawn from this particularly thin and rather unusual slice of humanity."

Entire Report:  http://www2.psych.ubc.ca/~henrich/pdfs/Weird_People_BBS_final02.pdf

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