Principles of Socionomics (ECNM 197)
Spring Semester: 1998-1999
Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio
TO: Dr. E. Schriner, Chairperson
FROM: M. B. McKinley, Professor
I am in receipt of an e-mail from D. Ferguson per his interest in offering a course in Socionomics under the auspices of the College, and in particular, the Social Sciences/Human Services Division. He requested that two colleagues and I review his preference for textbooks representing three disciplines, that when combined, speak to the matters of Socionomics. I was asked to "review" the book The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology.
After doing a good deal of updating myself on a field I admit I was lacking currency in, I secured the book from our Library and read a few sample chapters. I found the book to be readable and well thought out. The theoretical approach of Evolutionary Psychology is both an interesting and an important perspective on Man's never ending attempts to learn more about ourselves and provide answers to the question(s) of "why we are the way we are." Having read 11 reviews of others, at amazon.com, who have read the entire book I am lead to assume The Moral Animal a most appropriate choice for D. Ferguson's class on Socionomics.
Relatedly, I ran a SMOG Test on the work and the results indicate a grade reading level of eleventh-twelfth grade. While not "readable" for all students, I think it should work well for those student's who are likely to pursue a course in Socionomics. Such potential students are more than likely to be a non-traditional student with an "adventuresome intellect."
I have included an e-mail from T. Cioffi and his support for the book Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos by M. Mitchell Waldrop.