Modesty can be constructive: linking theory and evidence in social science.

This commentary argues that Bentley et al.'s mapping of shifts in collective human behavior provides a novel vision of how social science theory can i...
1MB Sizes 2 Downloads 3 Views

Recommend Documents

The genetics of loneliness: linking evolutionary theory to genome-wide genetics, epigenetics, and social science.
As a complex trait, loneliness is likely to be influenced by the interplay of numerous genetic and environmental factors. Studies in behavioral genetics indicate that loneliness has a sizable degree of heritability. Candidate-gene and gene-expression

Epistemic modesty, ostentatiousness and the uncertainties of epigenetics: on the knowledge machinery of (social) science.
Epigenetic processes are garnering attention in the social sciences, where some scholars assert their importance for theorizing social life. I engage with such ideas here by drawing on interviews with leading bioscientists. To begin with, I underscor

Can gerontology be a science?
During the last half-century, research on aging has become more scientific in its self-representations. Paradoxically, however, it is not at all self-evident that gerontology can flourish as a comprehensive science. Highlighting major trends in the i

Social engineering of societal knowledge in livestock science: Can we be more empathetic?
Questions are raised in effective utilization of farmer's wisdom by communities in their farming. Planners support to livelihood emphasize mostly of inputs from outside and not setting up sustainable goals. Formal institutions and planners of program

High-ranked social science journal articles can be identified from early citation information.
Do citations accumulate too slowly in the social sciences to be used to assess the quality of recent articles? I investigate whether this is the case using citation data for all articles in economics and political science published in 2006 and indexe

How can philosophy be a true cognitive science discipline?
Although philosophy has been only a minor contributor to cognitive science to date, this paper describes two projects in naturalistic philosophy of mind and one in naturalistic philosophy of science that have been pursued during the past 30 years and

Social capital: theory, evidence, and implications for oral health.
In the last two decades, there has been increasing application of the concept of social capital in various fields of public health, including oral health. However, social capital is a contested concept with debates on its definition, measurement, and

Group-level traits can be studied with standard evolutionary theory.
Smaldino's target article draws on and seeks to add to a literature that has partially rejected orthodox, gene-centric evolutionary theory. However, orthodox theory has much to say about group-level traits. The target article does not reference or re