Who wants to pay taxes for social sciences?

Aw, maybe it keeps social scientists off the streets. From Protein Wisdom:

Dr Adam Perkins, a lecturer in the neurobiology of personality at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. Like Chagnon, Perkins is a social scientist whose research findings pose a direct challenge to one of the central planks of left-wing ideology.

Over the past five years, he has accumulated a mass of evidence about the personalities of welfare claimants and concluded that individuals with aggressive, rule-breaking and anti-social tendencies — what he calls the ‘employment–resistant personality profile’ — are over-represented among benefit recipients. He also found that their children are likely to share those traits, which helps explain why poverty has a tendency to be passed down from one generation to the next.

It’s astonishing that such findings would pose a direct challenge to any belief system grounded in the real world. Every community has a few “work-shy” people, and children tend to learn what they have been taught—not what they haven’t.

So? Well, …

Perkins published his findings last November in a book called The Welfare Trait (Palgrave Macmillan, £19.99), but you won’t have heard about it or seen it reviewed in any UK newspaper anywhere because his research has been judged to be off limits by the self-appointed guardians of the academic establishment and their outriders in the media. A senior editor of Nature, one of the leading academic journals, refused to consider it for review because she regards scientific research into the personalities of the long-term unemployed as ‘unethical’, and a sociology professor whom the publishers had asked to peer-review the book refused to do so on the grounds that any book linking benefit dependency to personality must be nonsense because personality is a ‘capitalist construct’. More.

Writer Darlene Click wonders what we did for personalities all those years before capitalism was invented. Same here. I wonder why most people three thousand years ago thought that Hector and Achilles and Helen and Clytemnestra had different personalities …

It’s worth discussing the relationships between genetics, epigenetics, family environment, and external incentives. Discussions one can’t have if one won’t have them on principle.

Maybe social sciences are a problem that is just solving itself. See, for example: Japanese U’s shedding social sciences


Seven myths of social psychology

Crossposted at Uncommon Descent

  • Social sciences aren’t.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The social sciences only truly exist in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy.

  • Exile1981

    Maybe it’s like the bears in yellowstone.

  • I wasn’t aware of the book “The Welfare Trait,” but when you go to Amazon it becomes clear why. The book was published in 2015 yet it’s out of print, there is no electronic edition either. The few used copies sell at very high prices. This is a prime example of how the inconvenient ideas are buried under layers of deafening silence.

    At the same time, at Amazon you can find plenty of editions of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”. It seems that the criticism of the welfare state is worse than anti-Semitism.