Monthly Archives: October 2012

Rupert Read: How Scientific are the Social Sciences?

WP-regular Dr Rupert Read, from UEA in Norwich, outlined the argument from his recent book (Amazon) that the social sciences’ insistence on “scientific” methods and status was misguided. Economists are wrong to rely on unrealistic models of human economic behaviour, firstly as they are bound to be erroneous, and secondly because such approaches lead to an immoral treatment of real people. Social science should be conducted more as a humanity – researchers should meet, get to know and discuss their questions with real people, and use skills like imagination and empathy to develop their insights.

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