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How does the use of numbers, statistics, graphs, and other quantitative instruments affect perceptions of the validity of knowledge claims in the human sciences?

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How does the use of numbers, statistics, graphs, and other quantitative instruments affect perceptions of the validity of knowledge claims in the human sciences?

        During the last centuries people saw that experiments helped answer many questions about nature. Scientists were able to prove pattern and theories related to nature. Experiments became an essential factor for science because science is based on facts and in order to prove these facts to be true scientists know that by having experiments they are able to prove their theories and patterns of nature. Since humans are part of nature also, experiments can be done on us to show certain patterns of behaviours or maybe theories about our behaviour or about human nature. These studies on the human race are divided into many categories mainly called human sciences.

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        There are important factors to consider though. People tend to believe in graphs and in statistics immediately, one because they cannot prove them wrong, second because they are quantitative values that can be proven true. Statistics and graphs should be considered more important than just how they were inserted in a magazine, the reader should think about how, where, and on what or who the data was collected. A statistic may vary from person to person, animal to animal, from group to group,from sample to sample, from location to location, but also from the method of collecting the data. It is important to know all this background information about the graphs or statistics because the collection of data might not be reliable.

Not all the people think about the numbers that are being given to them during the day.

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Numbers became so important that it is hard to not believe in them. It makes life harder if we have to find out if the numbers that are given to us are real or false, this is why people don’t think about the validity of the source. Every quantitative instruments make people believe more because they it is very close to reality, for example we believe in rulers because we know that it is very close to being precise, and precision is truth.


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