Examining the flaws in Social Science, Political Science, and our inability to solve persistent social and political problem.
We have come to a crossroads as a species. The future of the Planet is at risk. The Earth is over populated causing many areas to become under resourced. Climate change is turning our world into an unpredictable hothouse. Our lives and our planet have become extremely complicated. These complications make it difficult for societies and governments to provide for the needs of everyone and everything. Many of the people who have not had their needs met are filling our prisons, joining terrorist networks and dying from untreated illness and from consuming unhealthy food or worse dying from starvation. Maybe it is time to take a look at how we solve social problems and why we are so bad at it as a species.
When a chemist studies how compound interacts with another she has the benefit of knowing what people before her discovered about these compounds, possibly for thousands of years. She uses prior discoveries to make predictions about how her compounds will react. She then proceeds to test her theories cautiously in a controlled manner. She does this to mitigate the chance that her experiment will harm someone.
Kirk Chisholm wrote: “Human Nature is not a problem that can be fixed by rules and regulations. All solutions to the existing problems must be based on how people behave, not on how we think they should behave.”
Calvin Coolidge added: “Under the attempt to perform the impossible there sets in a general disintegration. When legislation fails, those who look upon it as a sovereign remedy simply cry out for more legislation."
In societal and political experiments we tend to forget about the thousands of years of experimentation that has gone before and disregard the very nature of humans as we go willy nilly about resolving an issue or solving a problem. The fallout from actions taken using this process is often far worse than the original issue or problem. Defining human nature, using that data and the results of similar issue resolving and problem solving efforts from the past will allow the people who have been tasked with resolving issues and solving problems to predict the repercussions of their proposed actions. If it is predicted that the proposed actions have negative results it can be determined if the negative results are acceptable.
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