Re: "Hinduism (was Re: BELL CURVE CRITIC EXPOSED?)

Kenneth Colby (
4 Feb 1995 15:14:05 -0800

Gupta's article on Hinduism vividly demonstrates why the human
sciences have no strict laws that can be used for precise
predictions. The classes (Hindus, Americans, Africans) are
too heterogeneous to serve as natural kinds required by the
universal generalizations such as found in physics and chemistry.

Does this mean psychology, for example, cannot be a science?
Not at all. It just means that we must rely on models and
a body of heuristic devices to do the best we can. Incidentally
it is one of the attractions of AI that it runs on model
construction and heuristics.