Social Sciences Quotes

Quotes tagged as "social-sciences" (showing 1-19 of 19)
M.D. Birmingham
“The love of money is the root of all evil, therefore selfishness must be the seed.”
M.D. Birmingham

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“I will repeat the following until I am hoarse: it is contagion that determines the fate of a theory in social science, not its validity.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Thomas Sowell
“If facts, logic, and scientific procedures are all just arbitrarily "socially constructed" notions, then all that is left is consensus--more specifically peer consensus, the kind of consensus that matters to adolescents or to many among the intelligentsia.”
Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

Michael Pollan
“That eating should be foremost about bodily health is a relatively new and, I think, destructive idea-destructive not just the pleasure of eating, which would be bad enough, but paradoxically of our health as well. Indeed, no people on earth worry more about the health consequences of their food choices than we Americans-and no people suffer from as many diet-related problems. We are becoming a nation of orthorexics: people with an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating.”
Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Dalma Heyn
“Women have been brought up with the false sense that they have all the options in the world. We don’t understand that the culture really isn’t offering us all of these options – there still are very strong pressures to conform. We have to step outside the culture to be able to make choices that will really give us what we want. But we lack the psychic mechanisms to do this, to really choose.”
Dalma Heyn

Noam Chomsky
“The only debatable issue, it seems to me, is whether it is more ridiculous to turn to experts in social theory for general well-confirmed propositions, or to the specialists in the great religions and philosophical systems for insights into fundamental human values.”
Noam Chomsky, The Essential Chomsky

Dan Ariely
“A substantial amount of research over the past decade has reinforced the idea that although internal happiness can deviate from its "resting state" in reaction to life events, it usually returns toward its baseline over time.”
Dan Ariely

Kathryn Schulz
“without being sure of something, we can not begin to think about everything elses”
Kathryn Schulz

Zygmunt Bauman
“Postmodernity means the exhilarating freedom to pursue anything, yet mind-boggling uncertainty as to what is worth pursuing and in the name of what one should pursue it.”
Zygmunt Bauman

Ernest Rutherford
“The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the ‘social sciences’ is: some do, some don’t.”
Ernest Rutherford

Paul Edward Gottfried
“The appeal by twentieth-century pluralists to scientific method was also ideologically—and even messianically—driven. It ignored scientific data that interfered with environmentalist assumptions and misrepresented socialist faith as “scientific planning.”
Paul Edward Gottfried

Karl R. Popper
“As indicated by our example, methodological nominalism is nowadays fairly generally accepted in the natural sciences. The problems of the social sciences, on the other hand, are still for the most part treated by essentialist methods. This is, in my opinion, one of the main reasons for their backwardness.”
Karl R. Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies

Nicholas D. Kristof
“your book is full of piquant ideas on how sexual assault is practiced by many people but in African countries the issue is pressurized by females themselves as they tend to dress on night attires as a result males are piquant ed

to commit an offense”
Nicholas D. Kristof, Freedom High School Press

John Lewis Gaddis
“As my former Yale colleague Rogers Smith has put it: "Elegance is not worth that price.”
John Lewis Gaddis, The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past

“... a compaixão é frequentemente a pior das conselheiras políticas”
Raymond Boudon, O Relativismo

“Early biologists were the social scientists of their times, because their racial descriptions of the human species contain explicit behavioral correlations. Racial attributes were cited to explain social conditions, which then became a natural state of affairs. In the process of their construction, races are deemed part of nature; they are alleged to have been “discovered,” not constructed by an emphasis on particular anatomical attributes. This assumption of the naturalness of race is connected with the pursuit of an explanation of a particular social condition—inequality. Races, as unequal biological entities, must be said to have their peculiar cultures, psychologies, and unequal economic circumstances.”
Yehudi O. Webster

“Life's lessons are designed that we would rise from 'The Fall' (or our failures) and be restored to our Divine nature.”
Maya Emmett, Killing Adam: The Emasculation of Humanity

“Difference for difference's sake, though, is not the point of anthropology. If it was, we would indeed be dazzled, even blinded. While anthropology wants to document difference - and often be a witness to it - it also wants to make sense of those differences. Anthropology seeks to explain.”
Matthew Engelke, Think Like an Anthropologist