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3357290 No.3357290 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

It appears that as time progresses, our mastery of the sciences proceeds generally from the pure to the applied.

The slow but steady development of mathematics from ancient times through to the modern era laid the foundation for remarkable advances in physics during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This new understanding of physics allowed for equally remarkable advances in chemistry during the latter half of the 20th century. Now, our knowledge of physics and chemistry has started a new revolution in biology and medicine.

Do you think that, later this century/early in the next, our vastly-expanded knowledge of biology in medicine will allow the social sciences to undergo a revolution similar to those of the physical sciences?

>> No.3357311

>>3357290
>our vastly-expanded knowledge of biology in medicine will allow the social sciences

Did I miss something? What does social science have to do at all with biology or medicine? Besides their largely qualitative nature?

>> No.3357312

yes. modeling of emergent properties in systems biology and ecology will give us the tools to better measure and predict societal behaviors.

computing power has more to do with this than any other innovation though. we've long suspected how extremely complex interrelationships work, now we have the resources to model them.

>> No.3357317

Yes, definitely. Neuroscience informs psychology more and more all the time.

>> No.3357323

>>3357311
>What does social science have to do at all with biology or medicine?

Did you miss OP's comic?

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