Certitude is rare in the hard sciences never mind the soft ones like psychology and anthropology. But that shouldn't stop us from seeking the best possible explanation.
I dont have much training in the hard sciences, although I completed pre university physics and double maths. At uni the hardest sciences I studied were statistics and physical geography. The rest of my subjects included; language, psychology, history, politics, sociology, literature, and cognitive devlopment/ learning theories etc. relevant to education, which was my overarching study.
I also regularly attended, as one could in those days, lectures on all sorts of subjects from byzantine art and architecture, philosophy to many of the sciences,
After studying 10 hours a day 6 days a week at high school, the total of about 10 hours a week of commited lectures and tutorials and another 10 hours required for assignments, allowed me a lot of time to fill, which i did by attending every lecture I could find that sounded interesting.
I was lucky enoguh to be on a full government scholarship based on my results at high school, and so unlike many modern students did not have to work to pay my way
Increasingly, in my opinion, based only on reading and listening to people, the hard sciences have separated them selves from other studies and adopted; language, definitions, and parameters which "alienate" them from all non scientists.
Indeed there are growing divergences within sciences as they become increasingly specialised and complex and sub groups spring up within particular disciplines. Also a lot of the "soft" sciences try to emulate/incorporate the hard sciences perhaps chasing the prestige, status and money, which goes with those disciplines or, more charitably, trying to produce empirical and certain results as found in the hard sciences. I read a lot (about a million words a week) and have done so for nearly 60 years I pick up a lot of stuff from that reading in journals magazines and increasingly from material published online form academic sources.
Yesterday, i had to go to the chemist to buy some anti fungal crystals which dissolve in solution and you soak your feet in. We used to call them condies crystals back in the 1950s but 50 years since last using them, I was able to walk into the chemist and ask for some potasium permanganate. I just dragged the name up from my memory of 50 years ago. So a good memory helps as well.
Edited by Mr Walker, 12 January 2013 - 11:29 PM.