Machlup on methodological pluralism

"Good 'scientific method' must not proscribe any technique of inquiry deemed useful by an honest and experienced scholar. The aggressiveness and restrictiveness of the various methodological beliefs which social scientists have developed -- in subconscious attempts to compensate for their feelings of inferiority vis-à-vis the alleged 'true scientist' -- are deplorable. Attempts to establish a monopoly from one method, to use moral suasion and public defamation to exclude others, produce harmful restraints of research and analysis, seriously retarding their progress." -- Methodology of economics and other social sciences, p. 172


  1. Thank you, L. Ron Hubbard, it sounds like you, you always sound like you, and you always strongly identify as a scientist or possibly (in early days) as an engineer. But "pluralism"? That doesn't sound like you at all. Could someone dare impersonate you? Hubbard forbid!

    Affinity, Reality, and Communication,


  2. Haha this Wabulon character cracks me up.

  3. Haha this Wabulon character cracks me up.

    1. Mike B. He has been cracking many of us up for decades.