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Ways of Knowing Week 2
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A note about notes Outline slides will be available on Sakai before each class How to use these notes to your advantage
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What we’ll cover today: The main ways we learn about the world around us How (social) science approaches differ from these ways of learning The core of the scientific method
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How do we learn from the world around us? We learn about probability, and cause & effect We learn through tradition We learn from authorities
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How do we learn from the world around us? Overgeneralizing Illogical reasoning
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Problems with Non-Scientific Beliefs Based on limited knowledge Tend to believe that what is in our minds is the only
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Unformatted text preview: truth – Intuitive thinking – Cognitive consistency – Authorities can make mistakes! – Times and conditions may change—so thinking has to be self correcting. So, what is “real”? • We live in a state of naïve realism most of the time • Perspective: what is universal and what is relative in human experience? • Is there “truth”? Foundations of Social Science Theory: Social regularities Aggregates — Individuals Quantitative--Qualitative Characteristics of the Scientific Approach • Law of Parsimony • Replication • Generalizability Thinking in the Social Sciences Paradigms Theories Hypotheses...
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course COMMUNICAT Comm 300 taught by Professor Katz during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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