Saturday, February 5, 2011

Social science lines up its biggest challenges

Top ten social-science questions (Nature):

1. How can we induce people to look after their health?

2. How do societies create effective and resilient institutions, such as governments?

3. How can humanity increase its collective wisdom?

4. How do we reduce the ‘skill gap’ between black and white people in America?

5. How can we aggregate information possessed by individuals to make the best decisions?

6. How can we understand the human capacity to create and articulate knowledge?

7. Why do so many female workers still earn less than male workers?

8. How and why does the ‘social’ become ‘biological’?

9. How can we be robust against ‘black swans’ — rare events that have extreme consequences?

10. Why do social processes, in particular civil violence, either persist over time or suddenly change?

1 comment:

fnkykntr said...

Well, according to TV...
1. the Biggest Loser
2. ask George Negus?
3. Letters and Numbers
4. Undercover Boss
5. Facebook, twitter and blogger
6. Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation
7. the Farmer wants a Wife
8. huh?
9. Man vs Wild
10. ask George Negus...?!