Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id VAA24057 (8.6.9/5.3[ref email@example.com] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from firstname.lastname@example.org); Tue, 19 Mar 2002 21:09:46 GMT X-Originating-IP: [126.96.36.199] User-Agent: Microsoft-Outlook-Express-Macintosh-Edition/5.0.3 Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 21:01:43 +0000 Subject: Re: FW: MD Dawkins on quantum/mysticism convergence From: Steve Drew <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Message-ID: <B8BD4D6D.email@example.com> In-Reply-To: <200203182240.WAA21325@alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk> Content-type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-transfer-encoding: 7bit X-OriginalArrivalTime: 19 Mar 2002 21:03:50.0051 (UTC) FILETIME=[916EC730:01C1CF89] Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk Reply-To: email@example.com
> Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 21:57:15 +0000
> From: Douglas Brooker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: FW: MD Dawkins on quantum/mysticism convergence
> Hi Steve
> Steve Drew wrote:
>> The tension between prescriptive and descriptive in the social sciences is a
>> tension between the social and the science to my mind. The social to
>> interfere and change, and the science to observe, record and interpret. how
>> is this any different from say, genetics?
>> BTW, most social scientists i have encountered do not like memetics.
> Have any offered any interesting reasons?
Not too sure if they count as interesting, more expected.
I was an undergraduate when i first brought the subject up with some of my
lecturer's, so they were fairly dismissive.
A part also related to the fact that we are very short on theory,
practicality and experiments etc (Good job physics and biology weren't
jacked in at the first hurdle!).
They don't like biology encroaching on their turf if it can be helped.
The final one is the oddest and that it seemed to me to be a fear of the
mechanistic view that could be implied from it. This was from structural
functionalists with Marxist theoretical leanings!
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