Obvious Sock-Puppet Posted over 3 years ago Can there be an objective, scientific analysis of political science? I think ot entirely pssible to develop accurate assessments of the effectivenessof a particular strategy to reach a particular goal given a particular set of circumstances, but as others have said here I think it unlikely that an objective analysis of the 'goodness' or evil of those goals can exist for the simple reason that humans like many dofferent things. I am sceptical of Sam Harris' "human flourishing" for the simple reason that those terms themselves are subjective to some extent: all humans?---and if not, who are the ones who count, and why do we think so?...and what kind of 'flourishing'?---there are some religions that at least historically have held that the ideal human condition is a community of celibate believers living in poverty that matters not because of the richness of the mental life filled to repletion by their continual and uniform worship of a notional god. Harris' 'flourishing' reminds me of Nietzsche's 'health' and all of Rand's desiderata: private tastes elevated to the level of objective truths. Sorry, my standards are those of physics, which is more powerful than any of these because it has the power to be wrong.