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What is it about theories in the human sciences and natural sciences that make them convincing?

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What is it about theories in the human sciences and natural sciences that make them convincing? Emily Wang Theory of Knowledge Mr. Kucinski Candidate Number: 003306-021 Word Count: 1,432 12 January 2012 What is it about theories in the human sciences and natural sciences that make them convincing? Everyday in life, theories and beliefs are endlessly questioned, doubted, re-experimented and put to the test. Religion, for example, has been subjected to millenniums of questions, disagreements and clashes that have led to bloody conflicts and persecutions. What can be seen from this little fact of history is that humans are the ones who question, disagree and clash over theories formed by one another. Humans usually never disagree on the knowledge that is "scientifically proven". We question the information that we claim, but not outside knowledge, and this is because of the way people perceive information, the language of knowledge, the roots and the reasoning behind the knowledge. We judge knowledge by credibility and occasionally by emotion; we determine to accept or reject it from the source it came from and the way we react to them. Theories in natural sciences have been especially convincing because it is what we are taught. We are taught from a young age that men lie, women lie, but numbers do not, and we are indoctrinated this concept from a young age which instills a judgment in us to take what seems like convincing facts from outside sources, not humans, as knowledge and question the "facts" that are created by men or said by men. ...read more.

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Human sciences have generally been disputed over because of how open facts and figures are to interpretation. Inherent beliefs held by different groups studying the aspect of human science could also make it unconvincing. The fact is that history has multiple points of view, and even though there is a solid, concrete fact that a war started, it is useless unless there are reasons as to why the war was started; that would lead to different interpretations that could bring out clashes and make the study of human sciences very unconvincing. We choose what we want to believe, and the issue regarding human sciences is that it is created by humans. In natural sciences, we observe the behaviors of outside objects, and the study is rather objective, so facts and figures are reliable because they are based on what actually happened. In human sciences, though, the knowledge is more abstract, interperative and subjective. In natural sciences, we analyze more quantitatively, and in human sciences, we observe more qualitatively. It is hard to dispute analysis, not impossible, but just difficult; however, disputing observations is much easier, which makes human sciences an area of knowledge where the knowledge could be more difficult to convince to the subject studying the information. Just as human sciences are difficult to convince because of language, perception and emotion, it may be also be the easiest thing to convince using language, perception and emotion. ...read more.

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They warn their citizens about the evils of the West, the demon America, and the greatness of North Korea. Their history students denounce America and look at the Kim family as heros for offering intranet to their school systems, unaware of the privileges of the rest of the world. They take Stalin, Mao Zedong and Che Guerva as their heros because that is what they are indoctrinated with. The Kim dynasty would never be able to indoctrinate if it weren't for repressing their citizens to fear. Teachers of natural sciences and human sciences know to appeal to the ways of knowing when teaching their subject. Natural sciences rely on reason that can be drawn from quantitative or qualitative data. It relies on the credibility of the people doing the study/creating the theory, and it relies on pictoral elements to depict and give perception to the results of the study. The logic and tested steps of the scientific procedure is a step by step logic analysis that gives reason to analyzing scientific beliefs. The human sciences are convincing due to the use of language, perception and emotion. Subjectivity and qualitative analysis are th two main points that are manipulated in the teaching of human sciences. The language can be twisted which can twist perception and emotion and stir extreme emotions in the people studying a given topic in human sciences; when extreme emotions are stirred, convictions are drawn, and actions are taken. Appendix 3 1 http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/adolf_hitler.html 2 See Appendix 3 http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/vsshistory/Sem1/WWII/Hitler/Images/ww2-hitler_propaganda4.jpg 1 ...read more.

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