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Armageddon or Evolution? : The Scientific Method and Escalating World Problems - Bernard Phillips

Armageddon or Evolution?

The Scientific Method and Escalating World Problems

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For the first time in history we humans are experiencing a wide range of increasing problems that threaten us with extinction, if not today or tomorrow then the day after tomorrow. Yet we have the capacity-with the aid of a broad approach to the scientific method that builds on Mills's concept of "the sociological imagination"-to confront those problems ever more effectively. Armageddon or Evolution? carries forward the broad scientific approach that Phillips developed in four previous books: Beyond Sociology's Tower of Babel (2001), Toward a Sociological Imagination (2002, edited), The Invisible Crisis of Contemporary Society (2007, with Louis Johnston), and Understanding Terrorism (2007, edited). Excerpts from these books can be found on www.sociological-imagination.org. Everyone-academics and nonacademics alike-can learn to use that scientific method in everyday life, following the "East-West" and "deep dialogue" strategies Phillips describes. These are procedures for achieving nothing less than conscious evolution. They require us to uncover our fundamental assumptions along with their contradictions and move toward alternative assumptions that promise to resolve those contradictions. And they also require us to open up to the full range of knowledge-from the social sciences, philosophy, literature and beyond-invoked by Mills and illustrated in this book.

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Scientific Methodp. 5
The Aspirations-Fulfillment Gapp. 9
Theoretical Frameworkp. 14
Plan of This Bookp. 17
Physical and Biological Structuresp. 23
Flatland Versus Spaceland/Timelandp. 25
Invisible Man Versus Visible Manp. 39
Personality Structuresp. 57
"Heart": Alienation Versus Expressive Orientationp. 59
"Head": Stratified or Bureaucratic Versus Evolutionary Worldviewp. 75
"Hand": Addiction Versus Meaningful and Expressive Ritualsp. 93
Social Structuresp. 111
"Heart": Anomie Versus Cultural Value Fulfillmentp. 115
"Head": Bureaucratic Versus Scientific Worldviewp. 133
"Hand": Stratification Versus Conscious Evolutionp. 149
The Situationp. 165
"Heart": Negative Reinforcement Versus Positive Reinforcementp. 169
"Head": Stereotypical Versus Hypothetical Ideasp. 184
"Hand": Conformity Versus Praxisp. 202
Glossaryp. 223
Referencesp. 227
Indexp. 233
About the Authorp. 239
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ISBN: 9781594516061
ISBN-10: 1594516065
Series: Advancing the Sociological Imagination
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 20th December 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.48