A New Kind of Science ;)

Crooked Timber’s Eszter Hargittai found a new paper by physicists about social networks and the Eurovision Song Contest and sulkingly remarks that a) CT was far ahead on the curve on this matter and that b)

“[t]here has been much excitement about and focus on social networks in the past few years ranging from social networking sites to several high-profile books on the topic. Interestingly, much of the buzz about recent work covers research by physicists. It?s curious how physicists have expanded their research agenda to cover social phenomena. I thought their realm was the physical world. Of course, since social phenomena are extremely complex to study, as a social scientist, I certainly welcome the extra efforts put into this field of inquiry.

Maybe Chrysostomos Mantzavinos was right when he remarked in his noteworthy book “Individuals, Institutions and Markets” that there’s only one world we’re living in, and that in the end, institutionally imposed, in a way artificial divisions of scientific endeavors are likely to disappear. Wouldn’t it be cool if the European Song Contest of all things gave rise to a new kind of science? After all, there are people who claim that the Ukrainian singer Ruslana’s winning the contest last year already led to a new kind of Ukraine, that it was the straw of public self-confidence that later broke Victor Yanukovych’sback…

Maybe I will watch it after all…