Meeting June 27 2018

Genes and Society in the News

Discussion:

  • We discussed the complications of much of the recent work, which relies heavily on big data and statistics. This makes it difficult to understand and more difficult to explain. At the last meeting Pankaj Mehta explained his opinion that many of the current analyses and big statements are based on small effects. He discussed the need for explaining some of the concepts with simple diagrams and simulations. This would be a challenge for us but we might get somewhere collecting some of the materials presented by others – typically in blogs often referred to on twitter. In this regard Graham Coop has posted some interesting materials that explain some of the non-intuitive results also presented in Reich’s book.

 

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