Full text: Notes on Social Science Policy

Further relevant to the environmental problem is the question 
how far man is adaptable and how far he is rigid, invariant 
as it were. This obviously is one of the great questions of 
mankind. We have come to realize that the "conquest of nature" 
is a wrong concept. We have to look for our place in the world 
now, and this is by far the more difficult problem. It is 
clearly relevant to the formulation of new aims for society. 
This again demands a major cooperation of science and the social 
The integration of the social sciences in a general science pol 
icy will have to take into account the following facts and 
1) Social Science can help to understand the process which we 
are trying to steer or to influence by science policy: 
The diffusion of inventions, the taking up or rejection of 
ideas by the practical man in positions of power, the eco 
nomics of research. 
2) Social sciences and natural science have to cooperate in 
the formulation of environmental policies, and in the 
studies preceding it. 
3) In particular, the formulation of the aims of the environ 
mental policy requires the cooperation of social sciences, 
in view of their traditional role as purveyors of utopias. 
4) The "innovation in the social sector", including government 
administration offers, of course, a parallel to innovation

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