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PREDICTION The last aspect method of the scientific that we shall discuss here not a matter of guesswork is prediction. or of using crystal balls or some other means of prophecy. It is a matter of establishing definite and accurate principles so that we Prediction, in science, can say what In will happen scientific prediction we is under the conditions specified in our principles. are not foretelling the future in the sense what will undoubtedly happen a year from now or fifty now. We are limiting ourselves to the statement that, from years of telling But we do not know we may expect certain relationships to exist.

Individuals had to make their own adjustments to their surroundings because the society was not highly organized, and, in fact, in some areas was nonexistent. For many years of our national existence, then, there was a strong emphasis on complete individualism. And while most of us no longer live an individualistic existence, we still speak as though that were the ideal type of existence. Actually, conditions of living have so changed that our associational life is as significant as our individual life.

This group believes that there is another step beyond understanding. They advocate the use in some pracalso of the material they collect. Obviously, there is a disagreement here between tical way two important We can trace the origin of this disagreement groups of sociologists. with some degree of clarity. In the early days of sociology accurate knowledge about associational life was conspicuous by its absence; THE FIELD OF SOCIOLOGY 17 and almost the entire emphasis of early sociologists was on "doing about" something existing conditions.

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