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TRAFST Vol.4 No.2 pp. 63-67

Review:

Blind Men and the Elephant: A Self-Critique of Model Building in Social Sciences

Tatsuyoshi SAIJO*1 and Mayuko NAKAMARU*2

*1Osaka University, Mihogaoka 6-1, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka

*2Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama 2-12-1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Received:
28 July 2010
Accepted:
28 July 2010
Published:
October 15, 2010
Keywords:
social dilemma, prisoner’s dilemma, public good provision, free riding, participation game, evolutionary dynamics, Japanese are spiteful
Abstract

Consider that human behavior is a three dimensional object. Each field of social sciences has been tackling this object using a different sword: emotion in psychology, incentive in economics, norm in sociology, and so on, and these sections almost have no intersection, which we call the state in blind men and the elephant. As an attempt to overcome this, we show some results of our research notes in social dilemma including the problem of public good provision.

Cite this article as:
Tatsuyoshi SAIJO and Mayuko NAKAMARU, “Blind Men and the Elephant: A Self-Critique of Model Building in Social Sciences,” , Vol.4, No.2, pp. 63-67, 2010.
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