Human Sciences How much certainty can be achieved in the human sciences?

4/11/17

Today in class I read two elective readings on the human sciences, and took my quiz. I failed my quiz the first time because I really had no idea about anything, as I had really not read anything. However, after reading two elective readings and then taking my re-take, I passed with a 10/10. I’m honestly quite amazed that the elective readings helped me that much as they don’t exactly directly connect to the quiz. I now know the right definition for what human sciences entails, and have learned a bit about how Americans oppose multiculturalism, and how our school systems are outdated. We try to categorize and fit each and every individual into this “average” mold, when none of us are quite average at all.

The human sciences study human behavior in a systematic way based on observation, and seek to discover laws and theories. Despite being studied through the use of the scientific method, a tool that many use to prove or disprove something, certainty cannot always be achieved in the human sciences. As seen in the article “Taco Trucks and the Soul of America” we cannot always be certain of what we observe. The article details that many Americans see the increase of foreign communities in the US as an unwelcome invasion. They worry that yoga encourages satanism, and that women with headscarves must indicate creeping sharia. These are observations made by humans, however we cannot be certain that they are true.

There are quite a lot of limitations to the knowledge that the human sciences gather. Evidence in this area of knowledge can be quite heavily manipulated to reach a desired outcome. Personal beliefs are always present, and can lead to exaggerations. Results can quite easily be based on opinion rather than facts, like the natural sciences rely on. Knowledge in the human sciences is often based on perception and knower’s perspective. The human sciences quite often can be restricted to personal beliefs, and in return support claims that go alongside with these beliefs, factual or not. In order to obtain a large degree of certainty, collecting a range of different evidence using other ways of knowing is quite pertinent and necessary.

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