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Should we all face the fact non STEM subjects are inferior to STEM Watch

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    Coming from someone who takes no STEM subjects I think it is obvious that subjects such as history or English lit are nowhere near as hard as any STEM subject
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    I would disagree (I only do STEM subjects) last year I found History the most difficult yet most rewarding. I think it is mainly down to the specific person whether or not they find a subject difficult.
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    No. We shouldn't imo

    But this is TSR so 90% of the answers will be yes.
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    All subjects have their own uses and a balanced society has experts in all fields.
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    Bla bla bla

    No one gives a ****

    Study what you want
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    An A* in History is worth more than a D in physics...study what you're good at
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    How can a subject like History or English be compared to Maths or Physics? I mean, STEM and Non-STEM subjects are just completely different, in terms of the content, how they're examined, the skills they test, etc.
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    (Original post by intelligent con)
    Coming from someone who takes no STEM subjects I think it is obvious that subjects such as history or English lit are nowhere near as hard as any STEM subject
    Statistically there is some basis for truth in this, but individually it depends on where your strengths lie. Both of my children who have tackled A levels so far have done better in Maths/Further Maths and Physics than they have in their non STEM subjects - History, Psychology, French, Class Civilisation.
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    I think what we really need to recognise is that while STEM subjects are unarguably more intellectually and conceptually challenging it truly depends on the person.
    Clearly any muppet could learn a load of history but that's not what it takes to do well in history. Many people who are good at STEM subjects may struggle to do as well in this because they may not be good with essays or simply may not enjoy it and therefore find it more difficult.
    On the other hand it's not a coincidence that the people we consider to be 'geniuses' such as stephen hawking, or obviously in fiction the big bang theory are all STEM based because who's ever heard of someone who's a genius at geography or history.
    Not because the subjects are inferior more because they present less of a need for great intellectual ability.
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    What do you mean, though?

    Probably A-Level Maths is more difficult than A-Level History, but that reflects an A-Level, not a subject. Are you suggesting that a Mathematician has a harder time making a proof, than a historian has developing a theory of a particular period? These things are so different that a comparison isn't even possible.

    It's just silly to compare them in this way.
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    (Original post by intelligent con)
    Coming from someone who takes no STEM subjects I think it is obvious that subjects such as history or English lit are nowhere near as hard as any STEM subject
    STEM subjects and foreign languages!
    Jk, I think for an ' average student' STEM subjects can be harder as there are concrete facts you have to know and the concepts are quite abstract but if you're good at STEM subjects you'll find doing STEM subjects easier (or at least less work and less writing) than someone who's good at non STEM subjects doing non STEM subjects if you see what I mean.
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    (Original post by em.d_4)
    I think what we really need to recognise is that while STEM subjects are unarguably more intellectually and conceptually challenging it truly depends on the person.
    Clearly any muppet could learn a load of history but that's not what it takes to do well in history. Many people who are good at STEM subjects may struggle to do as well in this because they may not be good with essays or simply may not enjoy it and therefore find it more difficult.
    On the other hand it's not a coincidence that the people we consider to be 'geniuses' such as stephen hawking, or obviously in fiction the big bang theory are all STEM based because who's ever heard of someone who's a genius at geography or history.
    Not because the subjects are inferior more because they present less of a need for great intellectual ability.
    Karl Marx wasn't a scientist, and he is widely considered a genius. Descartes was more important as a Philosopher than as a Mathematician, and he is widely considered a genius. Who doesn't think that Shakespeare was a genius?

    Besides, it's not true that how far a person is a genius is well-measured by what people think of them. People think Stephen Hawking is a genius because he knows things about theoretical physics, and that is widely considered a complicated and difficult field of inquiry. But Stephen Hawking also says some incredibly stupid things, and although this doesn't mean he isn't a 'genius' (whatever that is), it does mean that it is not as simple as, 'he is a genius'.

    Natural science is an extraordinarily successful area of inquiry, but it's only another area of inquiry. The reason that we are more likely to consider STEM experts geniuses is because it is a successful area of inquiry, but that doesn't necessarily say anything about the people who partake in it.
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    (Original post by tomfailinghelp)
    Karl Marx wasn't a scientist, and he is widely considered a genius. Descartes was more important as a Philosopher than as a Mathematician, and he is widely considered a genius. Who doesn't think that Shakespeare was a genius?

    Besides, it's not true that how far a person is a genius is well-measured by what people think of them. People think Stephen Hawking is a genius because he knows things about theoretical physics, and that is widely considered a complicated and difficult field of inquiry. But Stephen Hawking also says some incredibly stupid things, and although this doesn't mean he isn't a 'genius' (whatever that is), it does mean that it is not as simple as, 'he is a genius'.

    Natural science is an extraordinarily successful area of inquiry, but it's only another area of inquiry. The reason that we are more likely to consider STEM experts geniuses is because it is a successful area of inquiry, but that doesn't necessarily say anything about the people who partake in it.
    Didn't realise Karl Marx was considered a genius...

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    (Original post by Arieisit)
    Didn't realise Karl Marx was considered a genius...

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    Do you live in a cave? I'd say he was a horribly misled ideologue, but he is widely considered a genius.
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    I disagree.
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    What would the world be like without all the non STEM subjects...robotic :ahee:
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    no
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    Absolutely not.
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    Some people spectacularly missed the sole intention of the OP, which was to start an argument.

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    (Original post by intelligent con)
    Coming from someone who takes no STEM subjects I think it is obvious that subjects such as history or English lit are nowhere near as hard as any STEM subject
    WITHOUT a shadow of a doubt!
 
 
 
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