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CityHall Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 04:35 PM
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I think there is more a difference in preference and presentation between how science and humanities people approach truth, than in ultimate beliefs. There are some extremists in both camps, but I think the major difference is that in humanities and soft sciences, persuasive individuals can get undue influence based mainly on their style of presentation. Freud comes to mind.

In fields where the accuracy of your theories can be confirmed more rapidly, there's a greater emphasis on truth as something to be discovered than on something to form a consensus around. I attribute the higher status of "natural philosophy" (physics) today than in Aristotle's day to the fact that it's become a field where predictions can be made and tested in a short enough time where accuracy affects people's careers.
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