soft science


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A field of study in which accrual of objective and reproducible—‘hard’—data is difficult as the field examines societal phenomena and dynamics susceptible to subjective interpretation
Examples Anthropology, economics, psychology, sociology, social medicine
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soft science

Any science or discipline, e.g., sociology or criminology, in which drawing firm conclusions is complicated by numerous variables.
See also: science
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Professor Howard Alper, distinguished professor of chemistry at the University of Ottawa and the Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) in Canada who attended this seminar, spoke exclusively to Education in the need to strike a balance and how both STEM and soft sciences were equally important in the development of an individual.
The results from this study indicate that, as predicted, hard science majors experienced a significantly higher level of perceived stress than soft science academic majors.
Key words: stance; evaluative adjectives; soft sciences; academic promotionalism; academic rhetoric; disciplinary writing
The approach allows a designer to transform soft science disciplines such as ecology, environmental ethics and sociology into measurable engineering targets.
In truth, it is easier to talk technology (a hard science) than consumerism (a soft science).
"How Hard Is Hard Science, How Soft Is Soft Science? The Empirical Cumulativeness of Research." American Psychologist 42: 443-455.
Because materials handling engineering doesn't have a laboratory in which to test the results of research, it is often described as a soft science when compared to either electrical or mechanical engineering.
It is easy to make fun of the exaggerated claims and often soft science in this book, but buried in the philosophical jargon are a few messages that we hope some better writer might elaborate.
SOFT science and technology: its aims, scope and implementation, Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems.
In addition, federal funding for basic research has increased substantially, although I am growing concerned that the emphasis of that funding is starting to shift from hard science to soft science. As government leaders, we have a responsibility to establish priorities for the taxpayers' money; and in that case, hard sciences (physical science and engineering) must assume a larger share of federal funding.
He also did so in one of his award-winning pieces, a precursor to the "Big Fat Lie" article called "The Soft Science of Dietary Fat" that appeared in Science in March 2001.