Jonathan Catalan points to a recent Hugo Chavez musing that capitalism might have killed off the Martians. So here's a question...
...social scientists and especially economists study the behavior of humans under conditions of scarcity. Entomologists study the behavior of bugs in their harsh environments. Herpetologists study the behavior of amphibians and reptiles. Primatologists study the behavior of primates, and how they react to the constraints of their environment.
If we make contact with an alien species on par with human beings in terms of their intellectual and social capacity, who will study their behavior under conditions of scarcity and constraint? Will the people who study them be considered biologists or social scientists? Who is better equipped to study them? What is really the dividing line between biologists who study animal behavior and social science, except the species under study?
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