Teppo Felin already blogged this at Org Theory but I thought I’d raise one question about Herb Gintis’s proposal for the unification of the behavioral sciences (paper and lecture). My question is this: would unification of the behavioral sciences discourage methodological and theoretical innovation?
As an interdisciplinary scholar, I am often frustrated but my fellow social scientists lack of regard for the insights gained in sister disciplines. Unification would seem to fix that problem, but some might argue that more unified academic standards would discourage innovation. The idea is that each discipline is currently like a separate experiment, and unifying them would be putting all our eggs in one basket.
I’d be interested to hear what other people think about this argument, but I’m inclined to believe we can pursue unification and intellectual diversity at the same time. (post edited for clarity)