I’m spending the week at a conference focused on a subject called social network theory, which is more and more considered a topic under the umbrella of big data (it isn’t, but that’s another topic). I’ve been here before, and have been using and studying the subject for quite some time. One of the main problems in this subject is a lack of an overall governing theory at a high level – perhaps something on the order of Newton’s Laws of Physics.
I’m wondering, is it unreasonable to expect the level of structure that we see in the physical sciences in their counterpart, the social sciences? I mean imagine if we decided to hold the [...]