Sociology, Theory Construction
Social scientists have a clear choice in how they may approach theory development. One path leads to "nebulous" theories that lack any real explanatory power. The other path capitalizes on evolutionary principles of variation and selection, vastly increasing the chances for explanatory success. I illustrate these ideas by reference to "artificial life" programs, and discuss the implications for theory construction in the social sciences.
Published in Current Research in Social Psychology, ed. Michael Lovaglia, Volume 2, Issue 3, 1997, pages 24-29.