Scientific sociology

In hmolscience, scientific sociology, a near-synonym to positivism or physical sociology, refers to the study of social phenomena using the scientific method; to attempts at hard science and or physics-like formulations of sociology; possibly referring to the types of sociology covered in Pitirim Sorokin’s 1928 mechanistic school classification.

The following are related quotes:

“Sociologists study people, who chose, decide, succeed, fail, harm others, harm themselves, and behave in rational and irrational ways. I’ve often explained to my students that if I took an ounce of gasoline and placed a burning match upon it, the gas would have to burn. The gas has no choice just as the flame has no choice. But, if someone placed a burning match on your arm, or the arm of your classmate, you or they might respond in any number of ways.”
— Ron Hammond (c.2010), “Scientific Sociology”; this, to note, is an example of error: just as gas molecules have no ‘choice’ when the combust so to do the people involved in WWI and WWII have no choice during the global social combustion process [1]

See also
Physicochemical sociology

1. Hammond, Ron, Cheney, Paul, and Pearsey, Raewyn. (c.2010). Introduction to Sociology (§4: Scientific Sociology).

Further reading
● Madge, John. (1962). The Origins of Scientific Sociology (physics, 2+ pgs; force, 31+ pgs). Free Press.

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