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 methodology—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.