Michael Scriven – Professor of Philosophy, Associate Director of The Evaluation Center, and Interdiscipinary Ph.D. in Evaluation Program Director, WMU
Evaluation Center: September 19, 2006
The extremist position in the causal wars (i.e., the view that the only scientific basis for causal claims is randomly controlled experiments) is now more or less abandoned, but since the supporters of that position now control well over half a billion per annum in US governmental research funding, they can afford to concede a little. However, the modified position is open to a tough attack for which there is currently no defense, but also no signs of acknowledgement of indefensibility. I’ll discuss this situation and try to answer the question: What should be done now to level the playing field?
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