Saturday, August 21, 2021

Soft Science

If we are truly connected to the world around us - our surroundings, matters of the heart, spirituality, our interactions with others, science with soft touches allows us to see further, deeper, and cross disciplinarily.

When talking about science, it implies logic, discipline, principle, process, practice, etc. Science is a systematic discipline that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. Science is what we continually do in a structural way with a set of principles, processes, and practices to reach the state of perfecting.

 The 'hard' sciences claim objectivity by way of structured methods and empirical data sets of assessment and measurement. Soft science is the foundation for us to understand people or societies- the collective human beings' mindset, attitude, and behaviors, to achieve the state of people centricity.

Anthropology: Everything has layers, and the anthropological mind helps us look at things from a multiplicity. The world has become much more complex and smaller all at once, thinking through anthropological lens questioning one’s assumptions and scrutinizing traditions and conventional wisdom. It provides a holistic perspective of digging into the dynamic human interrelationship and opens one’s eyes to a spectrum of things with so many different shades and colors, with the goal to understand our species thoroughly and solve people related problems radically.

Anthropology is not so “soft,” it can help us to shift the thinking to a variety of perspectives, enables people to navigate a variety of cross-boundary situations and has greatly helped in developing tailored solutions in a measurable way. Framing a right problem is a critical step to improve humanity. Anthropology helps people understand and enliven the varied social contexts, discover our place in the world as regards our surroundings, world conception, style of life, natural phenomenon, etc. So they can understand problems from different layers, angles, communicate with diverse people to collect the right set of data-based feedback, in order to identify the true problems and solve them effectively.

Culturology: Culture is collective mindset, attitude, and behavior. It is about how well humans as collective beings get along or work together. To broaden the lens, the cultural system would include everything that has to do with how people "informally" interrelate and interact, such as language, music, literature, costume, tradition, etc, the way we greet each other, the way we were raised and get educated, the way we work, etc. Culture is related to the degree of process transparency or collective human behavior patterns. Culture is invisible, but often it’s one of the most critical pieces of problem-solving. It’s crucial to build a culture that willingly confronts tough issues and makes changes to advance communities and human societies.

How can we push towards the next stage of culture evolution that enables the large collective of people to think in advances manner; communicate empathetically and work harmoniously to achieve common vision? Scientific inquiry about culture hardens the soft to make intangible tangible. To make collective progress, culture needs to be understood thoroughly by making inquiry, debating culture via different perspectives. Everyone is influenced by culture but just a few can influence culture. Culture is tough and can take a long time to change because it may require leadership and change management practices. The best we can individually do is to start breaking chains of habitual perceiving, thinking, willing, and feeling and cultivate a strong culture which leads to changes and innovation.

Sociology: Sociology is the study of human interaction, usually within the context of organized groups, communities, or societies. It helps to clarify many of the terms we use daily: citizen, freedom, liberty and word system, etc. Always remember that problems exist not in isolation, but as an interacting system of problems or an undesirable social phenomenon. Thinking sociologically requires imagination and insight, bringing much more depth to our knowledge with an interdisciplinary understanding of issues, identifying and explaining the interconnectivity of different problems, understanding societal interdependence, in order to come up with more comprehensive solutions.

Each society is different, societies will use the practice that is base suited to them. Societies are organizations, societies belong to us, both through our actions and the delegation process. Society is an organization that belongs to us and the way to change it is to modify our individual, group, community, and collective practices so that they facilitate both the development of our fellow citizens and the functioning of our collectivity. Sociology enables us to analyze societal phenomena and develop practices to drive needed changes. Societies react, manage, but need to orchestrate in a more innovative way to leapfrog collective progress.

if we are truly connected to the world around us - our surroundings, matters of the heart, spirituality, our interactions with others, science with soft touches allows us to see further, deeper, and cross disciplinarily for making meaningful movement. Science, as a response to the use of positivistic methods for studying human phenomena, has embraced more holistic approaches. Science enables us to bake special formulas to make things in all sizes & shapes, and solve problems large or small. Science is the discipline to progression.


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