Monday, October 4, 2010

The Sound of Science

(Thanks, Angélique)
How do you think a doctor knows
How a disease like cancer grows?
How did we learn how we might treat it?
How do you think one day we might beat it?
It won't be by taking sugar pills or standing on one leg for hours
While eating flowers:
But through the powers...of science.

Speaks for itself, really.

Though, hey, this is good opportunity to talk about other nifty science things. For example this intriguing article from the Economist, "Homo Administrans."

Since its inception in the early 20th century, management science has been dominated by what Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, two evolutionary psychologists, refer to disparagingly as the standard social science model (SSSM). This assumes that most behavioural differences between individuals are explicable by culture and socialisation, with biology playing at best the softest of second fiddles. Dr Zyphur is part of an insurgency against this idea. What Dr Cosmides and Dr Tooby have done to psychology and sociology, and others have done to economics, he wants to do to management. Consultants often talk of the idea of “scientific” management. He, and others like him, want to make that term meaningful, by applying the rigour of biology.

To do so, they will need to weave together several disparate strands of the subject—genetics, endocrinology, molecular biology and even psychology. If that works, the resulting mixture may provide a new set of tools for the hard-pressed business manager.

It's full of interesting snippets. For example, did you know that extroversion is only influenced by genes in women?

And while I'm on the subject of business, I want to boast about Kelley, who is quoted extensively in Bob Sutton's new bestseller, Good Boss, Bad Boss. She rocks. A lot.

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