Construction and Objectivity

This week we discussed science and realism/ constructivism, and considered a debate over the social construction of science. A recurring theme in this discussion was whether science can be objective. In response to this question, most of the class argued that science cannot be objective because it is a human conception. This discourse turned into a discussion about it may be beneficial to accept facts as truth, although we know that nothing is objective and they are just human explanations for phenomena. One of the most valuable things the environmental studies program at Lewis and Clark has given me is the skillset to question things that are considered truth and strive to consider the multifaceted layers within an issue I am studying. I enjoyed reflecting on this in class as we studied various perspectives on scientific objectivity.

Later in the week we read various perspectives on social media and its effects on public discourse, populism, and the science of climate change. Similar to our readings and discussions earlier in the week, ours readings represent different views on each of these topics. I enjoyed skimming through them and considering how/ why people hold various truths. 

Outside of class time, this week I delved into writing my annotated bibliography on the main sources I plan to use in my thesis. I was lacking sources that specifically focused on symbolic acts, so I found a few more related. It has been interesting to dive deeper into my readings, find where my assumptions about their topics were correct and be pleasantly surprised when I unearth new layers to add to my research. 

2 comments for “Construction and Objectivity

  1. Shoshana
    October 21, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    It was so great to have such a concise reflection and recap on what we did last week. I am interested in how the idea of relativism v constructivism will play into your capstone topic.

  2. Nicole Godbout
    October 22, 2019 at 12:04 am

    I am curious if there are any theories from class you will incorporate into your thesis, either directly, or as a method to better understand your topics? I think it would be cool to make a post that explores what your assumptions about a topic were and how they have developed!

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