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Post Reply Is psychology a science? I don't think so.
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Posted 9/13/15 , edited 9/13/15

ChinaCat89 wrote:

Thank you for further stigmatizing mental illness and the study of them, and in effect making my job as a social worker that much harder. I don't think 2 years of undergraduate study qualifies you to discredit an entire field of study. At the very least volunteer in some type of human service agency, then come back and tell me psychology is bs.



thank you for making the lives of others better and pushing forward the development of social work btw i really admire social workers and am working towards that field myself sorta
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Believe it or not, there is little value in questioning everything. Analyzing and identifying the potential flaws and weaknesses in an experiment can be useful if your goal is to attempt to either support or disprove a particular conclusion, but unless you actually run your own experiment, all you can hope to be is a skeptic.

Aight, I'm gonna step in right here...I didn't want to because I thought this thread was pretty bogus but..."little value in questioning everything."? Asking questions is what makes us human. Through questioning the things around us, we are able to learn about them. Learning is...pretty damn important.

Afterward, you elaborate on the "little value in questioning everything" by talking about experimentation? Asking a question is not the same as an experiment so I don't know why you're using that to justify your claim...

Scientific experiments are done so that the results can be collectively shared among people with confidence. Why the hell would anybody publish a paper on an experiment they've conducted if they couldn't even reproduce the results or justify their claims? Or...why would a university fund bogus ass research? The whole point is to address skepticism...not to encourage it. I'm not saying the results of an experiment should mean the absolute truth, I'm saying they can ease some of our skepticism with data as evidence. If the data seems valid, then it can be used in application.

I'm so done...



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I think that the key to any science is understanding how little you actually understand.

If you say "You know, I'm not 100% sure, but this is what most of the evidence suggests...," you're making a conclusion based on science. And maybe someone will nail down more of the details later, when more is measured and understood.

If you say "This is how things are. There are no exceptions."....well....that's religion.

Of course... there are always exceptions... or else this would be a religious text. HAHAHA

So, yes, psychology is definitely a science... albeit one in its infancy.

That's just my two cents.
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I didn't know shit about engineering my first two years. Psychology isn't about making you a happier person though. So I understand why you're not enjoying it. You're looking for specific answers that aren't there, well, at least that's what it sounds like to me.

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no field is exact and no field is perfect

drink the koolaid and call it a day
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You lost me at "true intellectual" roflmfao
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Personally I don't approve of psychologists. If they ever had their way with the world oh boy lemme tell you, everyone would be diagnosed with something.
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    Sounds like you're unaware of why current research is continuously being tested and revised when regarding the human brain, social functions, and behaviors. It also seems as though you're unaware that generalizations have exceptions.
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I'll still take the opinion of some guys in white suits over some random dude on the net.
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"I couldn't decide what to study so I defaulted to psychology but my special snowflake attitude, simple worldview, and combative nature left me feeling alone so I dropped out and now spend my time trying to justify my bad decisions by searching for an echo chamber on an unrelated forum, please agree with me so I can feel better about my day."

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Ok Study me! :p

"Despair itself is the only true Joy!"

What you think? Am I insane? :D

I got that line from Melfice from Grandia II.. role playing game for playstation.

Here a video of Melfice, make sure your sound is on high to hear his evil laugh and voice! You'll hear him say Despair itself is the only true joy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7qbM_Te9vI
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machinaprecis wrote:

"I couldn't decide what to study so I defaulted to psychology but my special snowflake attitude, simple worldview, and combative nature left me feeling alone so I dropped out and now spend my time trying to justify my bad decisions by searching for an echo chamber on an unrelated forum, please agree with me so I can feel better about my day."

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Posted 9/13/15
Studing people, so yeah
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Believe it or not, there is little value in questioning everything. Analyzing and identifying the potential flaws and weaknesses in an experiment can be useful if your goal is to attempt to either support or disprove a particular conclusion, but unless you actually run your own experiment, all you can hope to be is a skeptic.

Aight, I'm gonna step in right here...I didn't want to because I thought this thread was pretty bogus but..."little value in questioning everything."? Asking questions is what makes us human. Through questioning the things around us, we are able to learn about them. Learning is...pretty damn important.

Afterward, you elaborate on the "little value in questioning everything" by talking about experimentation? Asking a question is not the same as an experiment so I don't know why you're using that to justify your claim...

Scientific experiments are done so that the results can be collectively shared among people with confidence. Why the hell would anybody publish a paper on an experiment they've conducted if they couldn't even reproduce the results or justify their claims? Or...why would a university fund bogus ass research? The whole point is to address skepticism...not to encourage it. I'm not saying the results of an experiment should mean the absolute truth, I'm saying they can ease some of our skepticism with data as evidence. If the data seems valid, then it can be used in application.

I'm so done...


You'd have to look back at the context in which the phrase was originally used. namealreadytaken had stated that "you don't need to be an expert to question the validity of supposedly scentific[sic] research." I talked about experimentation because we were discussing scientific research, and experimentation is one of the fundamental building blocks of the scientific process. The point here is that said non-expert will learn nothing by simply questioning the validity of the scientific research. To learn something, he will need to craft his own experiment to prove or disprove his own hypothesis based on what he thinks of the original research.
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In comparison to most fields, science regarding the human brain, behavior, etc. is still in the early stages, hence why psychology isn't nearly as corporeal. You can mock psychologists and psychology all you want, but they're the ones trying to make headway into it. I recall microbiology and medicine being jokes in their earlier years, too.
Posted 9/13/15
It's a social science.
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