Behavioral Sciences: What Everybody Knows--Or Do They?

Nothing raises eyebrows faster than the idea that science can find "laws" of human behavior. Human differences are too vast for generalizations that apply with any exactitude to individuals. Yet hard and useful evidence about the way most people are most likely to act most of the time is slowly being gathered by the young "behavioral sciences" —anthropology, psychology, sociology and related fields. Unhappily, much of the evidence is shrouded in jargon. Happily, nonscholars may turn this week to Human Behavior: An Inventory of Scientific Findings (Harcourt, Brace & World; $11),...

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