Human Science

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Human Science is a subforum of SciForums. It is moderated by Bells.

Human science at Sciforums includes psychology, cognition, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, and probably a few other disciplines that did not occur to site developers when creating that subforum. Human science is more properly defined as a science that deals with humans, and as such, is prone to inaccuracy. Much like political science and the social sciences, human sciences like psychology or sociology are very useful for describing problems or challenges, but tend to fall short in finding solutions. Anthropology and archaeology are often regarded as being more exact and formal than other human sciences, but how exact can one be when describing a culture according to potsherds of a roughly estimated age, or speculating about ritual homosexuality and religion among primates? Cognition, for its part, is not a real discipline at all, being more appropriately reserved as a subsection of other disciplines, such as cognitive psychology or cognitive computing.

The very name human science is problematic as well. Not only is the label vague, pertaining to subjects so seemingly disparate as history and mental health, but as Azetbur suggested in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , "Human rights. Even the name is racist."[1] It is likely that, should advanced civilizations exist in the Universe at large, the principles of these so-called "human" sciences will be applicable with those species as well. Such as it is, anthropologists do consider behavior patterns among primates and other animals, and the idea of a pet psychologist is not unheard of among the rich, trendy, and ridiculous.


Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country