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Thu Oct 31, 2013, 01:31 PM


"...still teaching the (social science) disciplines as they were relevant for industrial societies."

From the same social scientist who gave us "The election of Barack Obama, the first black president, is too absurd to absorb for many tea partiers" now this ...

"This is important. We are teaching outmoded social sciences, in general.

Psych and Soc are doing a far better job than most. Economics might be one of the greatest laggards. We are still teaching the disciplines as they were relevant for industrial societies, utilizing the sciences of those times and the general paradigm of reality (mechanistic) appropriate to that core technology. New paradigms have emerged throughout the 20th century which are far more applicable and relevant.

Journalism might be one of the worst examples of an outmoded discipline. And not just the fact that the technology has changed. The old dichotomous approach, he-said---she-said, is doing our society -- including our economics and politics, a great deal of harm. Instead of providing light, enlightening the public, what we get is often only heat. Dramatic and conflict-oriented. Winners and losers. Political economics as a football game with constant color-commentary."

Earlier post of this individual's take on tea partiers ... http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023850987

The author of these pieces is a friend of my sister; I'm becoming quite a fan of her writing.

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