My career has been spent trying to integrate multiple sociological theories into a single set of commonly held ideas. I now believe computer integrations of such theories and their systematic adjustment to empirical data will eventually make a big difference both to our field and to the future of human society. It will add the first scientifically foresightful mechanisms of sociocultural evolution to what has hitherto been only blind natural selection and near-blind elite direction. Adding such mechanisms will be like adding headlights to a car we are driving along unfamiliar and unlighted roads at night, not, of course, that the mechanisms will shut down political debate, but they will give it a firmer basis.
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