Hani for Given these difficulties, some argue that social scientists should not attempt to mimic the natural sciences but should instead develop their own standards and procedures. The German economist and sociologist Max Weber (1864 1920) maintained that social scientists should not search for laws that determine and predict human behavior. Rather, they should seek to describe historical correlations and tendencies. Weber argued that the mandate of social science is to understand human behavior profoundly, not to predict it precisely.8 Human history, Weber maintained, is best described as a concurrence of events, not a system of ascertainable laws. In coming to terms with this concurrence, social scientists ought to remain sensitive to cultural factors. They should chart the subtle interaction between historical or social influences and the material or physical causes of behavior. Hani 2016.