What Social Science Does—and Doesn’t—Know
Our scientific ignorance of the human condition remains profound
Manzi complains that the social sciences never come up with anything useful and "nonintuitive" compared to physics and other hard sciences. That's because, according to Manzi, social scientists don't use the right methodology: experimentation. (By the way, Manzi's company, Applied Predictive Technologies, will sell you the right methodology. Just dial 1-877-400-2559.)
What social scientists can't do is the same thing as physicists can't do: the impossible.
Just as social scientists have failed to figure out how to eliminate many social and racial disparities, physicists have failed to make possible many desirable technologies lovingly imagined in the science fiction novels of my youth.
Where's my teleporter? Where's my faster-than-light starship? Where's my anti-gravity device? Where's my time machine?