Social science finally achieves irrelevance

In “Why Social Science Risks Irrelevance,” danah boyd at Chronicle Review:

My path of inquiry, like that of most scientists, was shaped by the context in which I was operating. As a queer woman trying to sort out sexuality and identity, questions about gender felt natural. I was also a computer scientist at the time, but I knew that computer-science methods could not help me answer my question. So I embarked on a path that forced me to learn psychology, cognitive science, and gender studies. And, as a result, I began a lifelong battle to define my disciplinary identity. Am I a sociologist? An anthropologist? An internet-studies scholar? In the process, I quickly realized that I queered my disciplinary identity as a way of resolving my gender identity and sexuality. More.

Madam, why on earth do you think anyone cares? Government may force taxpayers to fund whatever you are doing and to choke out the words that it is “science.” But not to care.

The rock that will sink Boyd’s ship is that no one does care. Science is about something other than oneself.

See also: Who wants to pay taxes for social sciences?


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  • I use alcohol.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      ‘Patent Medicine’ is the best kind!

      The last time I ventured into Mexico and upon my return I declared my “Mexican Coke” and asked if they wanted to see it. The customs officer enthusiastically said yes. He was disappointed to find out that it was indeed a Coca-Cola product.
      They make them with cain sugar down there and use a slightly higher syrup concentration, so I buy them when I find them.
      Did I mention that he was so disappointed at not discovering the world’s dumbest cocaine trafficker?

  • The Butterfly

    Do you remember the time Isaac Newton invented physics as a way of discovering himself?

    Those were the days.

    • FactsWillOut

      Cogito, ergo sum.
      Descartes was alright, though. He invented the Cartesian plane.

  • robins111

    Social Science, the definition of which apparently is: the self absorbed study of who and what you bang on a regular basis.

    It is a direct descendant of Phrenology or the study of lumps on peoples heads.

    In the overall framework of science its as usefull as a shirt pocket in the middle of your back.

    • FactsWillOut


  • Clinton

    Western civilization is in a cage match with islam, and if we lose to
    the barbarians, the only bright spot in that awful scenario is the
    knowledge that Danah Boyd and all of her worthless, decadent ilk
    will be utterly screwed, both literally and figuratively.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I just have a good laugh in the faces of these fuckheads and walk on by.

  • Ed

    I remember 40 years ago, it was enough for media reports to say “…studies show…” to confer legitimacy to any claim… such was the respect for science.

    The progressive corruption of that gold standard has eroded this trust, and rightly so.

  • FactsWillOut

    Climate science, social science, and many others do not use the scientific method, ergo, they are not sciences.
    Evolution, physics, cosmology, etc, do use the scientific method, ergo, they are sciences.

  • Millie_Woods

    Gay math is hard.