Excerpt from The Science of Human Behavior: Biological and Psychological Foundations The study of human phemena must be carried on largely through the psychological and social sciences. Much of the writing in these sciences still consists of vague generalizations which have t been subjected to the test of being applied to a large number of data. What is needed above all is to carry much further the painstaking labor of accumulating a large mass of facts from which generalizations can be safely deduced. In other words, these sciences must get down to concrete realities more than they have in the past if they are to develop on a stable basis. It is the function of every science, on the one hand, to reduce as far as possible the phemena with which it deals to the terms of the science upon which it is based, and, on the other hand, to describe the peculiar characteristics of these phemena which distinguish them from the phemena out of which they have evolved and which make them a fit subject for treatment by a distinct science. Thus psychical and social phemena should be reduced as far as possible to biological terms, just as vital phemena should be reduced as far as possible to chemical and physical terms. On the other hand, the peculiar characteristics of psychical and social phemena should be described, just as the peculiar characteristics of vital phemena should be described. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.