Re: science of complexity

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 13 Apr 1995 22:20:13 -0400

Dear Tibor Benke: You are quite right about the hierarchy in which the
disciplines are placed. The social sciences are considered the "soft"
sciences, vis-avis mathematics and the physical sciences, which are
viewed as the "hard" sciences, which are also viewed by these disciplines
as being superior to the "soft" sciences. But since anthropology
consists of both soft and hard sciences, i.e., the four fields, it
seems to me that anthropology is an attempt to integrate the soft and
hard sciences; in fact, to demonstrate the connections among them, which
is what makes anthropology holistic. It strikes me that what I've just
said is simplistic, very obvious, and perhaps does not relate to the
point you're making. If so, I apologize. Ruby Rohrlich