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The social sciences of an incipient fascist state …

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… would include, of course, “social neuroscience, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology and social epigenetics.”

From New York Times:

So social scientists should devote a small palace guard to settled subjects and redeploy most of their forces to new fields like social neuroscience, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology and social epigenetics, most of which, not coincidentally, lie at the intersection of the natural and social sciences. Behavioral economics, for example, has used psychology to radically reshape classical economics. …

Good thing the job market is booming in consequence. 😉

It is time to create new social science departments that reflect the breadth and complexity of the problems we face as well as the novelty of 21st-century science. These would include departments of biosocial science, network science, neuroeconomics, behavioral genetics and computational social science. Eventually, these departments would themselves be dismantled or transmuted as science continues to advance.

And as scandals catch up with them.

Possibly the falsest thing that was widely said about all the recent scandals in social sciences, around cheating to achieve research results, was that “counterintuitive” findings were prized.

Absolutely not. What was prized were “edgy” findings that were intuitive in the sense that they conformed to what the social scientists themselves already believed: That everyone is really a racist and behaves irrationally. Which, of course justifies intervention in their lives. Which justifies new social sciences departments for which such claims are foundational. And in consequence of those claims, the practitioners will call themselves scientists.

The job market won’t be bad any more—for them.

See also: Most academic psychologists cut corners with data.

7 Replies to “The social sciences of an incipient fascist state …

  1. 1
    bornagain77 says:

    OT: News from the Flight Deck – July 22, 2013
    Excerpt: The Illustra film briefly touches on evolutionary hypotheses for the origin of flight from dinosaurs. One problem not mentioned is that the digits in dinosaur feet differ from those in birds. “Feathered dinosaur” expert Xing Xu, with Susan Mackem, addressed this problem in Current Biology, “Tracing the Evolution of Avian Wing Digits.” In short, there’s not an easy solution:
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....74691.html

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    bornagain77 says:

    From the file of ‘scientists with way too much time on their hands’:
    Scientists capture pitch drop on camera for first time (w/ Video) – July 22, 2013
    Excerpt: Whilst pitch has been dropping from the funnel in Trinity since 1944, nobody had ever witnessed a drop fall. It happens roughly only once in a decade.
    In May of this year, with the latest drop about to fall, Professor Shane Bergin broadcast the experiment via the web. On July 11th, the drop dripped. You can see a time lapse video of this here.
    http://phys.org/news/2013-07-s.....video.html

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    bornagain77 says:

    OT: introducing ‘randomness’ to mitotic spindle orientation results in disastrous consequences for body plan formation:

    (Random Orientation) of the mitotic spindle has disastrous consequences for epithelial cells – July 21, 2013
    Excerpt: Constructing a body is like building a house—if you compromise structural integrity, the edifice can collapse. Nowhere is that clearer on a cellular level than in the case of epithelial sheets, single layers of cells that line every body cavity from the gut to mammary glands.,,,
    New findings from his lab published in the July 21 advance online issue of Nature demonstrate that the way the mitotic spindle—the machinery that separates chromosomes into daughter cells during cell division—aligns relative to the surface of the cell layer is essential for the maintenance of epithelial integrity.,,,
    In other words, if you pointed a tiny camera in your gut toward dividing epithelial cells of its lining, you would “see” the mitotic spindle looking like a symmetrical web, exactly like it did in your high school biology textbook.
    To determine why its orientation was non-random, the group did an equivalent experiment. Using high resolution fluorescence imaging to look inside dividing cells in developing wing discs, they observed that the two poles of the spindle were always near the septate junctions, specific regions of close molecular contact between neighboring cells. ,,,
    What they saw was dramatic: Scribble deletion caused the mitotic spindle to flip over at a random angle, as did deletion of Discs Large. Next, by directly perturbing the spindle, the researchers video-captured the process by which cells with misoriented spindles began to peel away, or delaminate, from the epithelium.,,
    http://medicalxpress.com/news/.....ences.html

    Related video:

    DNA – Replication, Wrapping & Mitosis – video (notes in description)
    http://vimeo.com/33882804

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    jerry says:

    Denyse,

    The entire idea of a liberal education is being reevaluated but not by the high priests/priestesses that supposedly teach it. One of my favorite sites likes to talk about the coming bubble collapse of higher education.

    Right now the typical student feels like they will be missing a major part of life if they do not get the “college” experience. Will that change as opportunities for learning open up outside of the 4 year college journey.

    Some are predicting wildly lower college costs as a result of online competition which will end up starving the beast. Hopefully, they are right. Most of my most valuable education came after college.

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    Barb says:

    As anecdotal evidence, I am currently seeing a lot of parents in my age group having their kids forego a 4-year college degree program in favor of a 1- to 2-year technical diploma or certificate at a local technical college or vocational school.

    There are some high schools set up so that seniors graduate with not only a high school diploma but also an associate’s degree, which better prepares them to enter the workforce.

    College is a great experience, but it’s not for everyone. And there is no guarantee of jobs being available once you get your degree.

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    News says:

    What site?

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    jerry says:

    What site?

    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/

    This is the site of Glen Reynolds, one of the original bloggers on the internet. There are just brief descriptions about a link and no comments. He tends to be libertarian, not religious, interested in science (anti ID in the sense he doesn’t really understand it but associates it with YEC – rarely mentions evolution or ID).

    His wife just wrote a book about how men are getting shafted in our current society.

    And if you search for “EDUCATION BUBBLE” you will see a list of archived posts. Here is the actual link to save you time if you are interested:

    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit.....ON+BUBBLE+

    There is also the k-12 implosion

    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/?s=K-12+IMPLOSION

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