Science and Social Science: An Introduction

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Subject Index
a
anti-entropic systems 55
anti-naturalism 50
Aristotelian cosmology 15

b
Balinese cockfight 91, 95
The Bell Curve118
big bang 25
biological determinism 135;
and natural selection 135
biological potentiality 138
BSE 34, 35
butterfly effect 125

c
causality:
deterministic version of 55
Census (UK) 61, 64
CFC 74
chaos:
deterministic 128;
stochastic 128
chaos theory 25, 124
complex systems:
behaviour in 127
complexity:
mathematical 55
contextual empiricism 110
crucial experiments 39
curiosity:
problem-centred 53

d
deduction:
problem of 36;
science and 12
deductive logic 12, 39
demarcation criterion 36
discipline:
ideographic 50;
nomothetic 50
DNA 44, 45, 46, 113
double helix 44

e
early society:
scientific development of 10
ethical judgement:
as normative judgement 111
ethical problems:
and scientific knowledge 113
ethics:
utilitarian 112
ethnicity 6, 64
ethnography see interpretivism

f
falibilism 40
falsifiability 37
field research see interpretivism

g
generalisation 99 :
moderatum 100;
statistical 100;
total 100
grand theory:
in social science 59, 60
grand unified theory 55

h
hermeneutics see interpretivism
Human Genome Project 44, 113
hypo-thetico-deductive model 30
hypotheses:
defined 35

i
incest taboo 137
inductive inference 41
interpretivism:
origins of 90
IQ testing:
cognitive ability and 118
ironic science 140

k
knowledge:
-power feedback loop 9;
‘Third World’ of 33

l
Laplacian view of nature 55
large scale surveys 61
laws:
as facts 31
logic:
deductive 12, 39
logical positivism 20
low level theories:
and hypotheses 35

m
Markov Chain 59

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