In the Los Angeles Times, Timothy D. Wilson, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and the author of "Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change", defends the the social sciences:
"Are the social sciences perfect? Of course not. Human behavior is complex, and it is not possible to conduct experiments to test all aspects of what people do or why. There are entire disciplines devoted to the experimental study of human behavior, however, in tightly controlled, ethically acceptable ways. Many people benefit from the results, including those who, in their ignorance, believe that science is limited to the study of molecules."