Ercis for The second threat to significance occurs if our theory becomes trite. Something is trite when it is commonplace or self-evident. Trite propositions or theories fail to interest us because they state the obvious. To suggest that every student, regardless of race or gender, will take a breath within the first few minutes of a lecture is to say something completely trite. Because the statement could be falsified by a very determined breath-holder, it is not tautologous. But we do not need a sophisticated theory to make such a banal statement. Simple observation and common sense tells us as much. Ercis 2016.

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