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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 311
Title: A Synthesis Center for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Lead Author: Hackett, Edward J
Abstract: Synthesis, the integration of data, concepts and theories across disparate disciplines, is a powerful instrument for advancing knowledge and addressing complex societal problems. Synthesis is essential today because the intellectual and practical problems that confront us, including the socio-environmental dynamics of climate change, political instability and terrorism, macro-economic turmoil, and the diverse challenges of global health, transcend disciplines, scales of organization, and conventional distinctions between basic and applied research. Rich resources of data are available for analysis, but our sciences lack the theories, tools, organizations, cultures, and institutional arrangements to explore them. To achieve synthesis, advance the human sciences, and contribute to solving vexing societal problems will require investment in a center and associated computational infrastructure, education and training, and realignments of collaborations and cultures.
PDF: Hackett_Edward_311.pdf

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