Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Division of the Social Sciences and the (Hard) Sciences

One way to distinguish the hard sciences, i.e. biology, chemistry, physics, etc..., from the social sciences is to depict the hard sciences as relationships as they actually are and to depict the social sciences as relationships as an individual gives them and acts upon, in relation to how they actually are. Under this arrangement, the predication criterion of the hard sciences can be understood as involving reality and not the mathematical relationships, in the same way that the predication criterion of the social sciences should involve the consciousness and not the economic relationships. Interestingly, since we create relationships, we predict our own future. Not only do conscious actions have truth preserving analytic relationships (economics), they predict their own future over a series of trails based on a synthetic relationship to reality (stochastic movements). Furthermore, economic events have more than one sufficient cause, of which there is an unknown number of sufficient causes, making economic events vague or fuzzy.

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