Behavior: Harsh Judgment

U.S. social scientists have more than doubled their total research and development budget in the past five years, to $803 million. Yet for all their increasing participation in Government and business, these 20th century shamans have not been nearly as helpful as they might be in taming the nation's violent social problems.

That harsh judgment is being rendered with growing vehemence by the radical new sociologists. It is also the burden of recent reports by three separate panels of more traditional social scientists who have made their own appraisals of how the so-called "soft" sciences are—and are not—put to use. The most...

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