Full text: Notes on Social Science Policy

be that an all-pervading approach of this kind could possibly 
represent the new means of integrating and organising the 
various fields. The one danger that would have to be avoided 
here is degeneration into formalism. The parallel application 
of the same ways of thinking, such as cybernetics, information 
theory, game theory, stochastic processes, can be an admirable 
opportunity for cooperation, but in unfavorable conditions it 
could lead to a situation in which people are going around 
looking e.g. for "a problem to apply graph theory to". We 
should have to ensure a certain priority for the interest in 
this world and its wories and problems, simply to prevent a 
somewhat perverted attitude such as the one indicated. 
Some Practical Suggestions for Social Science Policy 
Some suggestions of what a science policy should include 
(inter alia): 
1. Interdisciplinary cooperation, both within the social 
sciences, and between them and natural sciences, should 
be furthered. 
This may be done, first of all, by breaking down rigid com 
partments in the universities and research institutions, and 
encouraging new combinations of fields for education and for 
research. It should be considered whether system analysis 
could provide the guiding idea for a new type of cooperation 
between many fields in a teaching^research institution.

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