Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior by Lee C. McIntyre (Paperback, 2009)
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- DescriptionDuring the Dark Ages, the progress of Western civilization virtually stopped. The kwledge gained by the scholars of the classical age was lost; for nearly 600 years, life was governed by superstitions and fears fueled by igrance. In this outspoken and forthright book, Lee McIntyre argues that today we are in a new Dark Age -- that we are as igrant of the causes of human behavior as people centuries ago were of the causes of such natural phemena as disease, famine, and eclipses. We are further along in our understanding of what causes war, crime, and poverty -- and how to end them -- than our ancestors. We need, McIntyre says, ather scientific revolution; we need the courage to apply a more rigorous methodology to human behavior, to go where the empirical evidence leads us -- even if it threatens our cherished religious or political beliefs about human automy, race, class, and gender. Resistance to kwledge has always arisen against scientific advance. Today's academics -- ecomists, psychologists, philosophers, and others in the social sciences -- stand in the way of a science of human behavior just as clerics attempted to block the Copernican revolution in the 1600s. A scientific approach to social science would test hypotheses against the evidence rather than find and use evidence only to affirm a particular theory, as is often the practice in today's social sciences. Drawing lessons from Galileo's conflict with the Catholic church and current debates over the teaching of creation science, McIntyre argues that what we need most to establish a science of human behavior is the scientific attitude -- the willingness to hear what the evidence tells us even if it clashes with religious or political pieties -- and the resolve to apply our findings to the creation of a better society.
- Author BiographyLee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. He is the author of Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences: Defending a Science of Human Behavior.
- Author(s)Lee C. McIntyre
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication06/03/2009
- Series TitleBradford Books
- Place of PublicationMassachusetts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBradford Books
- Weight204 g
- Width136 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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