Social Science Bites

Bev Skeggs on social media siloing

Bev Skeggs on social media siloing

"Basically 90 percent of Facebook profit is made from advertising — selling your data to advertising companies so that they can place an advert on your browser..." says Bev Skeggs in a new interview with Social Science Bites. Bev Skeggs joins the podcast in order to reveal interesting new findings in her research that studies how social networks were structuring or restructuring friendships. 

Sandy Pentland on social physics

"Alex 'Sandy' Petland tells interviewer Dave Edmonds about the origins of social physics in the days before widespread good data and solid statistical methods and explains how it blossomed as both a field and for Pentland’s own research. Full interview on Social Science Space"

Gary King on big data analysis

In this Social Science Bite, Professor Gary King, uses text analysis as an example of this big data analysis... King, spotlights the difference between computer scientists’ goals and social scientists’ goals, then talks about work examining social media and censorship in China.

Tom Chatfield on critical thinking and bias

Podcast with author Tom Chatfield highlights his new book and the way critical thinking is lacking in today's generation, which author Tom Chatfield believes is the number one skill that everyone needs to have in order to compete in today's society. The lack however may come not from a mere lack of mental capacity, instead it comes from the lack of knowledge of ways to think more critically. "More and more we also need to roll into this the scientific and empirical method of seeking explanations, forming hypotheses, testing theories.” In the podcast he outlines what how bias is the biggest influences that prohibits from critically thinking. “Letting our emotional reaction double as truth, and be substituted for what we think of as truth,” is the biggest form of toxicity to thinking more critically.

What I mean by critical thinking, is our attempts to be more reasonable about the world.
— Tom Chatfield in interview with David Edmonds

To hear Tom Chatfield's Podcast click HERE. The podcast appears as part of the celebrated Social Science Bites podcast series which appears exclusively at the Social Science Space website. To see the entire catalog of past interviews with many of the planet’s most interesting social scientists, click HERE.

This blog post was written by Philip Patino employee at SAGE Publishing under PR Conventions and Social Science Department. As a SAGE employee he helps manage and edits the SAGE hosted sites MethodSpace and Social Science Space.

Gary King: Do we need a big data treaty?

For years political scientist Gary King has argued and preached for a restructuring of the social sciences that would include “larger scale, collaborative, interdisciplinary, lab-style research teams” with big data analysis in their DNA. "The key reasons social sciences are moving from studying problems individually… to the scientific model where we’re actually solving problems, is because of the community. It is much easier to fool ourselves than it is to fool our community.” - Gary King

Twinned revolutions that could transform social science

"There are two poles of belief about the proper role of social science," writes Geoff Mulgan, "One sees a cadre of specialists, based in their own specialist institutions... The other sees specialists in the academy, working much more in partnership with a society"