Usually, when people dismiss science or social science I'm not too impressed. I'm not impressed for instance, when someone advocates the use of a certain therapy or coaching approach and says that it is not relevant to do research on it because (a) it can't be researched, (b) his personal experience is enough evidence, (c) it is not a matter of evidence but belief, etc. In those cases, I wonder cui bono?
Yet, the question of the usefulness of social science is an interesting one, as far as I am concerned. I once read a book with the title What's the use of science? (or something like that). I remember the book was interesting but hardly referred to social science. And have you seen this YouTube video about Richard Feynman on social science? He's someone to be taken a bit more seriously than the person I mentioned above.
My question is: What's the usefulness of social science? To what extent is Feynman right? To what extent is he wrong? What are examples of the usefulness of social science?
What are your ideas?