Methodology is the last refuge of scoundrels

“Cognitive science is all about rising above methodology and getting to a conceptual/theoretical level at which there is much more in common. Where there has been success, this ascension has been achieved. Where there has been failure it has been a failure to aspire to anything above methodology. Social science discipline divisions are dominated by methodologyβ€”that is why cognitive science happened. To adapt Dr. Johnson’s aphorism, methodology is the last refuge of scoundrels.”

– Keith Stenning (2012, p. 414). To naturalize or not to naturalize? An issue for cognitive science as well as anthropology. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4(3), 413–419.