Territorial pissings, yes please

I’m not sure about the need for mathematical modelling in sociology (although I am intrigued), but this is spot on:

2. Are you saying we saying we should become like economists? Dear Lord, no. As a group, economists have committed the scientific method fallacy. They assume that one really good tool for science accounts for all of science. They have essentially abolished field studies, history, ethnography, and other important tools. Sociology should not engage in petty debates that end up dumping our best work. Instead, we should create a social science that strives to combine important different types of research.

From OrgTheory.

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One Response

  1. Yes! I hate it when I end up with economists as grant proposal reviewers. “Well, this person is not proposing to do research in exactly the way we would do it, so I’m going to give this proposal a low grade.” Grrr…

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