How do you feel about the “soft sciences”?

How do you feel about the “soft sciences”?

namelesschaos namelesschaos
So many months ago the governor of my state wrote and articles that basically trashed the “soft sciences”. Talking to a bunch of anthropology majors (and he singles out anthropology as being especially useless) today it clear they have not forgotten this (note to Governor: don’t find yourself alone in any dark alleys with an anthropologist).

So that leads me to the question, how do you feel about the “soft sciences”?
02/17/2012
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Ryuson Ryuson
Quote:
Originally posted by namelesschaos
So many months ago the governor of my state wrote and articles that basically trashed the “soft sciences”. Talking to a bunch of anthropology majors (and he singles out anthropology as being especially useless) today it clear they have not forgotten ...
I want to be a psychiatrist (Majoring in bio, minoring in psych, then on to med school) so psychology? Of COURSE I believe in psychology! Sociology? Crap, it's the science of everything we're about anymore! Some things like anthropology and geology are a bit out of my interest and tend to make my mind wander, but it's the same thing; science is there to quantify, explain, and make sense of this crazy world we live in. Controlled variables or not, science is science.
02/18/2012
Ghost Ghost
Well, I am an ecologist and I have to admit that I love science. Real science. However, I find value in almost all fields of study. I don't think they're useless and I don't believe in trashing them.
02/18/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
Quote:
Originally posted by namelesschaos
So many months ago the governor of my state wrote and articles that basically trashed the “soft sciences”. Talking to a bunch of anthropology majors (and he singles out anthropology as being especially useless) today it clear they have not forgotten ...
in fairness, rick scott is a jackass. it's not really a "soft sciences" thing as a "der, the humanities are a libral conspiracy, let's get em" thing. In fairness I study the soft sciences, political science, although it's not really a science.
02/18/2012
Chirple Chirple
Meh, I think the "soft science" designation is a bit silly to begin with, it's a spectrum, but there's crossover and intermixing.

And it can get all silly and become "I am a more realerer science than you" *stick tongue out at* fight, and those pointing fingers often have a "realer" science hanging over their heads.

and, anyway, lolpoliticians
02/18/2012
Errant Venture Errant Venture
It depends on what you define as a soft science. There are some which I feel aren't really sciences - political science being one, as mentioned above - but for the most part I have no quarrel with the softer sciences.
02/18/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
To answerer my own question my degree is in a field that is heavy in both hard and soft sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics. Nutrition is obviously a "hard science", however dietetics actually getting you to eat the food that has those nutrient is a soft is in the soft science realm, think behavior change and psychology for example. This is a good example of how both our important hard science determines what is healthy, soft actually get you to eat it.
02/19/2012
winterseve winterseve
I've studied medicine, biology, and anthropology. So called "soft sciences" are just as necessary (usually) and shouldn't be trashed. While I don't find interest in many of them I do love Anthro and wouldn't trash any others. I studied Anthropology just as hard as I did biology and medicine. Both can be quite difficult and also fun. Rock on to anyone in a soft science. I agree...never get alone in an ally with an angry anthropologist. We usually know how to get away with pesky things like bodies and evidence
02/19/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Trashing honest, passionate intellectual pursuits is often initiated by those who don't engage in honest, passionate intellectual pursuits themselves. Ahem.
02/20/2012
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