ERIC Number: ED231750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-10
Reference Count: 0
Science and Social Science in a World Perspective.
While notable advances in astronomy, nuclear physics, microbiology, and computer technology seem to contribute to the possibility of human betterment, each of these advances involves hazards, the most ominous being their application to warfare. While considering the wonders and hazards of scientific advance, it is necessary to consider the less frequent, less compelling, and less visible advances made by the social sciences. The social sciences have not had the close relationship to warfare that the natural sciences have. The fault of the social sciences is not so much misapplication as it is nonapplication. It may be that natural science is the science of war, while social science is the science of peace. Unwillingness of decision-makers to apply social science has led to failure to deal effectively with world problems. Within the disciplines of social science and education, the available energy and resources to make practical applications to improve the human lot at home and abroad are poorly and inefficiently positioned. The challenge of worldwide progress in economic and social affairs remains, along with the tools and knowledge to accomplish it. Only an invigorated will is needed to continue the process. One of the most hopeful thrusts on the educational scene is the persistence of continuing development and dissemination of materials on global education by individuals and groups. (LH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., (Athens, GA, June 8-11, 1983).