Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior


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MIT Press
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5.0 X 7.6 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. He is the author of Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior and Post-Truth, both published by the MIT Press.


"It takes a lot of nerve to insist that a scientific understanding of human behavior should guide our approach to social problems--especially when the alternatives are religion, politics left and right, gut instinct, and every other values guidepost around. Lee McIntyre has that nerve, and makes a clear case for the value of value-free science. This book will make waves."--Daniel M. Wegner, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of "The Illusion of Conscious Will"
"At a time when many social scientists have allowed themselves to be cowed by political and religious ideology, "Dark Ages" reminds us that we have a moral and intellectual obligation to seek the fullest possible understanding of the roots of human behavior. McIntyre has written a beautiful and timely ode to scientific rationality."--Sam Harris, author of "The End of Faith" and "Letter to a Christian Nation"
""Dark Ages" is a compact, urgent, and brutally frank challenge to ideologues left and right to drop their resistance to learning scientific truths about human behavior and apply the scientific method to social science. Given current signs of deterioration in the human race's ability to assure its own survival, the long-standing hostility to sometimes unwelcome knowledge must end, and Lee McIntyre's powerful voice is timely and welcome. It will be instructive to see how his bold message is received, especially on university campuses, where the politicization of social science is in full flower and where some questions remain too hot to ask, much less answer."--Harvey A. Silverglate, civil liberties lawyer and writer, and coauthor of" The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses"