The Human Sciences Shivani Bathija


Journal #1

Today I read the elective reading, Ignorance: How it Drives Science, and it really made me think a lot about what we do not know about the human sciences, and yet how that drives us to know more about it. It will be the main focus of the paragraph I am supposed to write for this AOK

Journal #2

Throughout this AOK, I feel like I've learned a lot more about the human mind and about how I, myself work as a person. It's interesting to see how I make the choices I do, and all in all, in a way study myself.

Elective Reading

For my elective reading, I read Ignorance: How it Drives Science by Stuart Firestein. I really think if helped me understand another aspect of the human sciences, as before reading this text I didn't realize that ignorance was really a good thing. It helps drives scientists, and other professions to discover more. If we knew everything, there would be no motivation or development, we would simply think that there is nothing more we can do and just stay content with our lives. Ignorance in a way saves lives, as scientists are driven to find cures based off what we do not know.

Extension Proposal

I think a good thing to be added to the list of elective readings for this AOK would be a psychology textbook. I find that the human sciences relates a lot with psychology and the study of the mind. A good background on psychology may make understanding the human sciences easier.


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