Should social science be more solution-oriented?

  title={Should social science be more solution-oriented?},
  author={Duncan J. Watts},
  journal={Nature Human Behaviour},
  • D. Watts
  • Published 10 January 2017
  • Sociology
  • Nature Human Behaviour
Over the past 100 years, social science has generated a tremendous number of theories on the topics of individual and collective human behaviour. However, it has been much less successful at reconciling the innumerable inconsistencies and contradictions among these competing explanations, a situation that has not been resolved by recent advances in ‘computational social science’. In this Perspective, I argue that this ‘incoherency problem’ has been perpetuated by an historical emphasis in… 

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