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"Questioning phylogenetic inferences about language" (john hawks) and the cheering of pleasant ideas

Questioning phylogenetic inferences about language | john hawks weblog

I think criticism of these approaches is in the “throw everything and see what sticks” phase. I’ve seen it before, in the modern human origins arena. In this phase, many of the criticisms lack force — they emerge from skepticism about the conclusions, not necessarily an understanding of the method.

Actually what worries me more, recently, is the related problem of cheering the conclusions of a research without understanding the (limitations of the) method. That is, you suspend your criticism when the research results agree with your view…