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Scientific Reasoning applied to Social Sciences

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Scientific Reasoning applied to Social Sciences 4481

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Carly Ott
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notes on how scientific reasoning is being applied to social sciences and asks the question if this is actually possible or not.
Writing and Reasoning
Richard Davis
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Carly Ott on Thursday March 12, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to 4481 at Washington State University taught by Richard Davis in Winter2015. Since its upload, it has received 18 views.


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Date Created: 03/12/15
Scientific Reasoning applied to Social Sciences Social sciences emerged during the Enlightenment era 0 Religious paradigm slowly started to fade because people were not so convinced 0 Faith in human reason was understood to be a God given gift Kant amp Locke Moved to the emergence of science understanding nature which humans are a part of 0 Scientific method could be applied to nature because we are a part of nature Question was can we study animate objects humans and society the same way we study inanimate objects natural world using the scientific method Experiments becomes more complicated while studying humans and society quothow do Latino voters vote suggests that being Latino has causation voting behavior is the dependent variable Latino voters are the independent variable Helps with prediction which is very important to science Latino voters is very broad what about gender or class geography those are intervening variables causes before cultural predispositions for Latino voters what they believe in etc used to research questions 0 opposite of the hypothesis 0 Test the hypothesis how do you test Latino voters vote a certain way by statistics and voting records I However you are not in a controlled environmentyou are not controlling the variables leads to causation vs correlation Causation vs Correlation in social science 0 You can never prove the cause can only find correlations o In hard science we can identify and prove the causation but not in social science I However this does provide strong predictive value which still is important 0 Question is does this make social sciences scientific or not Leads us to applies the scientific method with quality and interpretive methods 0 Popular today


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