What do we want? How do we get it? How do we know?
- "Ideas about value—about want—are future-oriented and therefore entail prediction; science is the sole demonstrated means for making predictions better than we can make by chance; thus, science is how we more accurately discern and more fully realize value." ~ David Schrom, Valuescience
A class about the theory and practice of valuescience is taught for three units at Stanford University during the Autumn and Spring quarters (Mon Wed 11am-12:15pm).
PSYC 136A/236A Valuescience: Shedding Illusion to Live Better
Applying scientific methods and principles to discern and realize value. Readings in history, philosophy, ecology, economics, sociology, linguistics and psychology pertinent to scientific and cultural revolutions attending the emergence of valuescience as foundation for an increasing range of human action. Perceptual, cognitive, and cultural impediments to valuescience; strategies for overcoming these; personal and social benefits of doing so.
For more information about the class, see the Syllabus.
The Valuescience class is an educational endeavor of the Palo Alto non-profit Magic, Inc.