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Doing Social Research: Some Personal Reflections

Doing Social Research: Some Personal Reflections

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Published by Babu George
Invited Presentation made at St.Joseph's College, Irinjalakkuda, Thrissur on 14 January 2013.
Invited Presentation made at St.Joseph's College, Irinjalakkuda, Thrissur on 14 January 2013.

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Published by: Babu George on Jan 18, 2013
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Doing Social Research
Some Personal Reflections
BABU P GEORGE, PhDAssociate Professor of BusinessAlaska Pacific University
 
Proverbs 14:15 “The simple believes everyword, but the prudent considers well hissteps.”
Isaiah 1:18 God said: “Come let us reasontogether.”
 
The Foundations
What do researchers strive for?
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TRUTH? No!
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Models that explain phenomena? Yes
Scientific realism Vs Scientific instrumentalism
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Science Vs Pseudoscience
 
The central property of science is falsifiability
You can never ‘prove’ anything with science
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If a scientific claim can stand tests of refutation, it is likely to be ‘true’
What is a scientific explanation?
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a scientific explanation succeeds by subsuming a phenomenon undera general law
Why do researchers do what they do?
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What are your personal motivations?

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