Tuesday, April 19, 2011

sociology

Reading sociology papers gives me one of two feelings.

Either economists are clearly superior academics because we use math to clearly define our ideas, to force us to infer results carefully and accurately, to find results that we wouldn't normally see without the equations, and to clarify the relationships between many concepts in a clear and simple manner.

Or, sociologists are clearly superior because they have so many concepts popping up everywhere and give a new name to each new idea and they can apparently keep these things straight in their heads without equations...

A single equation makes my brain hurt a lot less than a list of 8 concept definitions and pages of discussion on how they relate.

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