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FYI: Linguistics is a science - not a social science.

  1. Jan 23, 2014 #1
    I figured I'd let you know.
     
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  3. Jan 23, 2014 #2

    Evo

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    Linguistics does fall under social science. I'm not sure what you are trying to say. There can be a cognitive science aspect, but overall, it falls under social science.

    http://linguistics.cornell.edu/undergraduate/what_is_linguistics.cfm
     
  4. Jan 23, 2014 #3
    Ah, it seems you're right. I saw "scientific study of language" in Wikipedia and thought it was a science.
     
  5. Jan 23, 2014 #4

    Evo

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    If you want, you can point out that "psychology" is listed under "Medical Science" when it's actually a "social science".
     
  6. Jan 23, 2014 #5

    AlephZero

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    That sounds like a place you really really don't want to go to, unless you are playing a victim in a horror movie :smile:
     
  7. Jan 23, 2014 #6

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    :tongue: It was a dark and scary night, I was at the crossroads of humanities and sociology, and an unshakeable feeling of dread overcame me...
     
  8. Jan 24, 2014 #7

    Ryan_m_b

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    Social sciences are still sciences, the clue is in the name.
     
  9. Jan 24, 2014 #8

    AlephZero

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    Yes, in the sense that "creative accounting" is about being creative.
     
  10. Jan 27, 2014 #9

    Ryan_m_b

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    Are you suggesting that the social sciences should not be considered science? As they involve the collection of data and the formation and testing of hypotheses I can't see how anyone cod make that claim. Sure it's far easier to conduct an experiment in the natural sciences but that's no reason to discount them altogether. A lot of SS work is incredibly stringent with a high utility.
     
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  12. Jan 27, 2014 #11

    AlephZero

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    That's not what I wrote. But I am suggesting that your argument "X is a science, because it's name contains the word 'science' " is nonsense.

    If you disagree, convince me that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_science is a science.
     
  13. Jan 28, 2014 #12

    Ryan_m_b

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    Ah I see. I was being flippant in my first post, not literally arguing that names are the be all and end all.
     
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