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    As above
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    na social science (source sh1tload of my teachers)
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    Short answer: it should be, but it isn't always. Many people include nonsense like Freud and qualitative methods in psychology when it should be kicked to be curb and mocked relentlessly.

    It's the equivalent of including astrology in astrophysics.
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    Yes, it's a social science, as opposed to a hard science
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    (Original post by Foo.mp3)
    Yes, it's a social science, as opposed to a hard science
    But what is the difference?
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    (Original post by chazwomaq)
    But what is the difference?
    Perceptions relating to method and objectivity e.g. 'soft', social sciences are seen as more wishy. In reality, method/objectivity/statistical certainty upon which theories achieving consensus vary considerably within each sub-domain
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    its a pseudoscience. I act likes a science but has unscientific properties
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    (Original post by Foo.mp3)
    Perceptions relating to method and objectivity e.g. 'soft', social sciences are seen as more wishy. In reality, method/objectivity/statistical certainty upon which theories achieving consensus vary considerably within each sub-domain
    Ah, I think I see what you mean. So psychology is perceived as a soft science, but (some of it at least) is actually hard science, is that right? Which bits would you see actually are soft then?
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    (Original post by Pugglet)
    I act likes a science but has unscientific properties
    Namely?
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    (Original post by chazwomaq)
    Which bits would you see actually are soft then?
    The more highly theoretical and interpretive elements, the conjecture (which is, necessarily, rife in the social sciences, as humanity is such a complex and nuanced force)
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    (Original post by Foo.mp3)
    The more highly theoretical and interpretive elements, the conjecture (which is, necessarily, rife in the social sciences, as humanity is such a complex and nuanced force)
    Thanks. Which elements are you thinking of?
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    (Original post by chazwomaq)
    Namely?
    Lab studies. Very scientific but unlike a science it does not focus on just one causation and outcome. It acknowledges that there may be multiple reasons why something e.g. Depression occurs
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    (Original post by chazwomaq)
    Thanks. Which elements are you thinking of?
    Elements high on opine and discussion, and low on data and testable hypotheses
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    Highly open to debate. It's sometime called a soft science.
 
 
 
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