Behavior: Social Science Impact

"Today, statements such as 'We know no more about human psychology and politics than Aristotle did' mainly express the ignorance of those who utter them." So contend Harvard Government Professor Karl Deutsch, University of Michigan Biophysicist John Platt and Political Scientist Dieter Senghaas of Goethe University in Frankfurt. The three scholars recently completed a major study of creative achievements in the social sciences, which they summarized in Science magazine. Countering the lingering academic disdain for behavioral studies as either imprecise esoterica or common sense festooned with jargon, the authors make a convincing case that the breakthroughs in social science have...

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