Good sentences (future of the social sciences edition)

Fifteen years ago, Science published predictions from each of 60 scientists about the future of their fields. The physical and natural scientists wrote about a succession of breathtaking discoveries to be made, inventions to be constructed, problems to be solved, and policies and engineering changes that might become possible. In sharp contrast, the (smaller number of ) social scientists did not mention a single problem they thought might be addressed, much less solved, or any inventions or discoveries on the horizon. Instead, they wrote about social science scholarship—how we once studied this, and in the future we’re going to be studying that.

That is Harvard’s Gary King. The rest of the article suggests that the mountain of data and analysis tools we have might change matters, but a few safeguards and systems and supports have yet to appear. Worth reading.

And he is on Twitter.