Full text: Notes on Social Science Policy

in industrial production. But more relevant is perhaps 
the fact that scientists have had to solve (with the help 
of specialists) great organisation problems (space flights), 
and further that the application of cybernetics and in 
formation theory has formed a close link between scientists 
and organisation theories. The great problem of organisation, 
for these very practical reasons, offers a promising field 
for common talking between scientists and social science. 
The need for cooperation between the sciences emerges as a 
major aim of an integrated science policy. Our universities 
are, as it were, designed to prevent such cooperation, because 
trv their concept the fields of knowledge are partitioned between 
the lords and each of them is master in his own domain. Super 
ficial changes such as curricula for scientists in which various 
social sciences are represented, are completely worthless, 
because the various subjects are never connected by anything, 
and the student is only perplexed by the coexistence of un 
related pieces of knowledge or doctrine. 
One would have to create new institutions, selecting personel 
expressly with a view to their aptitude for team work and inter 
disciplinary research. The basic condition for interdisciplinary 
work is really the existence of many-sided personalities. 
Paul Weiss, the biologist, has recently suggested at a Symposium 
on the future of Austrian Science that an institute devoted to 
System Analysis and covering many (possibly all) fields of know 
ledge be created. Such an idea should receive attention} it may

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