Thanks for the link Steven. This topic really is incredibly important
because it shows how incorrect observations can not be detected using
the methods of the social sciences. Hollywood should make a popular
documentary movie out of it like they did *INSIDE JOB.* The story of
Margret Mead explains why we collapsing now. It would be incredible if
someone could explain it to the masses.
My recommendation is that Derek Freeman's "Margaret Mead and Samoa: The
Making and Unmaking of an Anthropological Myth" and "Coming of Age in
Samoa" by Margaret Mead, be discussed thoroughly in all cultural
anthropology classes or, better yet, have a class exclusively devoted to
the subject. Indeed, it would serve as a useful tool in any class with a
focus on the use of the scientific method for data acquisition, as an
example of how the system can be manipulated and abused by those who are
entrusted with its care.
On 6/18/2012 9:46 PM, Steven wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, Jay Hanson<JayHanson@...> wrote:
>> Jay says: Does social science deserve the criticism I and others [
>> http://www.psych.ucsb.edu/research/cep/papers/pfc92.pdf ] have been
>> heaping on it in recent years? Hell yes! The following book is
>> chapter and verse how two teenage Samoan girls told Margret Mead a
>> "fib" (lie) and how that one event banned biology from the social
>> sciences for decades. You have to read it to believe it!!
>> The "theory dependence of observation" is a well-known scientific
>> principle. Theory precedes observation in science. Cultural
>> anthropologists, sociologists, economists, and psychologists, who are
>> making observations without a base in evolution theory and human
>> universals [http://condor.depaul.edu/mfiddler/hyphen/humunivers.htm],
>> are prone to misinterpret their observations. This is precisely what
>> Margret Mead did and it trashed the social sciences for decades. IMHO,
>> the fact that the social sciences decided to ignore biology is one of
>> the main reasons why the world is so screwed-up today. It all occurred
>> because two Samoan teenage girls lied to Margret Mead about their sex
>> lives! This is called "science"?
>> The Fateful Hoaxing Of Margaret Mead: A Historical Analysis Of Her
>> Samoan Research[Paperback]
>> Derek Freeman
>> For most of the twentieth century, Margaret Mead's renowned book/Coming
>> of Age in Samoa/has validated an antievolutionary anthropological
>> paradigm that assumes that culture is the overwhelming determinant of
>> human behavior. Her account of female adolescent sexuality in Samoa
>> initiated a career that led to Margaret Mead becoming "indisputably the
>> most publicly celebrated scientist in America." But what if her study
>> wasn't all it appeared to be? What if, having neglected the problem she
>> had been sent to investigate, she relied at the last moment on the tales
>> of two traveling companions who jokingly misled her about the sexual
>> behavior of Samoan girls? What if her famous study was based on a
>> hoax?In/The Fateful Hoaxing of Margaret Mead,/Derek Freeman addresses
>> these issues in a detailed historical analysis of Margaret Mead's Samoan
>> researches and of her training in New York by Franz Boas and Ruth
>> Benedict. By examining hitherto unpublished correspondence between Mead,
>> her mentor Franz Boas and others---as well as the sworn testimony of
>> Fa'apua'a Fa'am, one of Mead's traveling companions of 1926---Freeman
>> provides compelling evidence that one of the most influential
>> anthropological studies of the twentieth century was unwittingly based
>> on the mischievous joking of the investigator's informants.But/The
>> Fateful Hoaxing of Margaret Mead/goes beyond a historical account of how
>> the hoax took place; it is an examination of how Mead's Boasian training
>> set her up to be hoaxed---and set others up to accept her conclusions.
>> The book is more than a correction of scientific error: It is a crucial
>> step toward rethinking the foundations of social science and the overly
>> relativistic worldview of much of the modern world.
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