The Science of Decency

  title={The Science of Decency},
  author={Gregory Bateson},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={140 - 142}
  • G. Bateson
  • Published 1 April 1943
  • Physics
  • Philosophy of Science
Dr. Langmuir's criticism of the social sciences, in his Presidential Lecture to the A.A.A.S., published in Science of January 1, 1943, contains lessons which we, social scientists, would do well to take to heart. His attack is based upon a classification of phenomena into two great groups,-"convergent," and "divergent,"-and upon the notion that the ability to predict with certainty is the cri:terionof valid scientific generalization. It is Dr. Langmuir's contention that, owing to the occurrence… 
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