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It is hard to know ourselves

The one big lesson from people studies


I'm using the term 'social sciences' in a broad and unconventional sense to include a whole range from experimental psychology to social anthropology. I'm tempted to use the term 'people studies' but that is both too cute and too broad. What I'm talking about are the academic disciplines which try to examine how and why human beings behave and which do so in a systematic and evidence-based manner (so not including the arts and humanities - though of course these are very important). Well of course, we are all 'evidence-based' these days, but one huge lesson of ahem, people studies, is just how difficult this is when we are looking at ourselves. I'm aware that the disciplines I've just mentioned are very different

Understood properly, the social sciences (extended sense), are personally challenging - sometimes distrubingly so.


2012-13 ...and rather obviously unfinished


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