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It is often claimed that scientific results must be replicable. Is this possible or desirable in other Areas of Knowledge?

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It is often claimed that scientific results must be replicable. Is this possible or desirable in other Areas of Knowledge? As the worldly wisdom suggests always think twice and try to ascertain if you are right. The replication of scientific results makes them reliable, if it weren't so, we couldn't rely on any results, because then lots of errors would have occurred and no perception which results are right would be found. People are in need of generalizations, they imply that it is easier to live when everything is orderly put into drawers, so they are trying to divide everything in groups and decide, whether the information is reliable or not and the more replications are done the bigger reliability of results is. However, can we always do the replication and why do the results differ? In natural sciences experiments are made frequently, the science is more or less based on the results of experiments and whether the hypothesis is proved or not and it is not so hard to repeat the experiment once more, however the identical results hardly occur, just the trend of the results. For example, biologist investigates whether the temperature has the effect of the rate of cell respiration. ...read more.


Also, it is hard to measure the fear, the love, the anger and other emotions or feelings of the person during the researches. One person can reduce and the other can accelerate the amount of for example, darkness fear, and it is extremely hard to compare how they feel. No matter how the psychologists or other representatives of social sciences wanted it is impossible to guarantee that an repeated experiment will give such and such results, they just can predict but results may be opposing to their predictions. The other Area of knowledge - mathematics is the space where results might be replicated millions of times and they mostly don't change. For instance, no one disagrees if the Pascal's theorem is right, while all people can prove it themselves. However, still different mathematical systems can be used and different systems run different rules, where Pascal's theorem can be incorrect and all other perceptions about mathematics stop operating and become useless. While replicating results in one way is to easy task for math scientists, they are searching other ways how to prove the same theorems and get the same results. History, another area of knowledge, is a subject based on facts and different interpretations of them. ...read more.


All in all, because people adore generalizations we will try to sum up. It is often possible to replicate the experiment, when the conditions are kept the same, except when the life is involved. Humans are the individuals whose ideas, emotion, perceptions can not be repeated and that's why social sciences, history gets into mess. There can not be any always correct generalization detected, no matter how would scientists desire it to make or how would people wish it to know. So, therein lies, that from natural sciences gained knowledge is much more reliable than from the social sciences. In social sciences you have to think for yourself and reach your own conclusions whereas natural sciences serve everything on a plate and provide you with answers. Thus, mathematics encourages us to find new methods to prove the same theorem and reach the same results and arts - to express our feelings, ideas and emotions in different ways. Every area of knowledge provides us with information which makes us well-matured people, encourages us to think and lets us become more and more intelligent and the perceptions which can not be guaranteed makes our life more interesting and exciting. 1262 words Written by: Simona Stabingyte ...read more.

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