Richard Feynman has to be among the most intensely charismatic people I have ever watched. Here is the late, eminent theoretical physicist and Manhattan Project collaborator ripping, joyfully (though not necessarily accurately), into the social sciences. He lumps those disciplines in with pseudosciences and sham experts of every stripe, and says that, in effect, they bully people with their false claims to knowledge:
"See, I have the advantage of having found out how hard it is to get to really know something, how careful you have to be about checking the experiments, how easy it is to make mistakes and fool yourself. I know what it means to know something and therefore, I see how they get their information and I can't believe that they know it."
(Watch how he tightens his face and elevates the tone of his voice when he says, "I can't believe." It's a beautiful thing.)
Needless to say, not everyone agrees with Feynman's dismissal of the social sciences.
And you can watch more of Feynman's captivating 1981 interview with the BBC here.
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