Re: Experiments With Human Subjects

Robin Hanson (
Fri, 27 Sep 96 21:03:17 PDT

Eugene Leitl writes:
>> difficult? Is there a distinction or isn't there?
>Aw, come on. Stop harping upon things syntactical. Observation alone is
>no experiment, it needs recording and interpretation. Experiment without
>observation is no experiment, you could as well invent your data.

I honestly remain confused as to your meaning. Social science
observations are indeed recorded and interpreted. So why do you say
there are no social science experiments?

>Yes, but there is a bandwidth. Physics and social sciences lie at the
>opposite side of the spectrum, obviously.

This is not obvious to me, as I don't know what you mean by
"bandwidth" here.

>It is very difficult to obtain sensible results on extremely complex,
>ergodic systems. That's the reason why social science is a very difficult

Rather than continuing to throw out new distinctions, please just pick
one and explain it.

Robin D. Hanson