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    Cherry picking data to fit a theory?

    How much of a problem is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by firemonkey View Post
    How much of a problem is that?
    I am not quite sure what you are referring to, but I find genetic genealogy is a field where people (especially the experts) believe what they want to believe.

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    Choosing to use the info that will give a positive result about a theory, while disregarding the info that would disprove a theory.
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    I'd say it is fairly common, just scroll around the internet and you'll find all kinds of theories that negate certain data in order to push a position. We've seen it in some threads on this website even, one such thread that comes to mind is the thread where the original poster believed that the Indo-Iranian people originated in Scandinavia despite all evidence disagreeing with them.

    I feel it is best to view theories as just theories and not become too personally invested.

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    The gold standard for any theory is if it is falsifiable. Meaning, there should be some condition X that if true would show the theory is wrong. Not every theory can be falsifiable, but almost any one built on cherry picking will quickly collapse if such a requirement was applied.

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