tildensam at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 17 14:23:05 PDT 2006
You'll have to take that up with the writers at Webster's Dictionary.
Jeremy Hunsinger <jhuns at vt.edu> wrote:
Actually, I take exception with that characterization of science.
Science is merely systematic study, everything else that you claim is
science is only part of one kind, or more likely one imagination, of
science. There are many notions of science in the world, and the
word has many basic meanings, some extend to your definition, most do
not. The basic meaning that all hold should derive from its origin
in latin as scire, which means to know through distinguishing or to
know through comparing as we use the word today 'discriminate',
yes... science discriminates. The division that is widely recognized
is between science and the arts. The arts create things in the
world, which is why government is an art, whereas political science
studies the world as it is or as it was, it studies history in order,
in some cases to discern, how it will be. The 'special' or
predictive sciences are the ones where the emphasis is put on
experimentation, because experimentation is based in an assumption of
repeatability, and predictive sciences should show the same findings
to be true for all times given their initial conditions..... In any
case, I think that before we go around assigning labels, we should
first examine the practices to see what people are really doing.
In any case, we aren't scientists, we are researchers and our
research takes many forms. If you want to be a scientist, that is
fine though, don't be surprised if it ends up as much of a dead-end
as the 'pure sociology' of the late 60's.
On Oct 17, 2006, at 4:49 PM, Sam Tilden wrote:
> Nancy and all,
> I think I take exception to this characterization.
> 1. Science as I understand it is the systematic study,
> observation or experimentation of a subject so as to determine the
> nature or principles of what is being studied. A person who does
> this is a scientist.
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