Behaviouralist Science in brief

Once the investigator has mastered the existing knowledge, and has organized it for his purposes he pleads a meaningful ignorance': ‘Here is what I know, what do I not know that is worth knowing?’ Once an area has been selected for investigation, the questions should be posed as clearly as possible, and it is here that quantification can prove useful, provided that mathematical tools are combined with carefully constructed taxonomic schemes. Surveying the field of international relations, or any sector of it, we see many disparate elements . . . wondering whether there may be any Significant relationships between A and B, or between B and C. By a process which we are compelled to call 'intuition' . . . we perceive a possible correlation, hitherto unsuspected or not firmly known, between two or more elements. At this point, we have the ingredients of a hypothesis which can be expressed in measurable referents, and which, if validated, would be both explana tory and predictive.

Dougherty end Pfaltzgraff

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