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Op-ed: Dr. Nicholas Welch – Gazette

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 2019234 Views

This phrase often appears in my discipline, linguistics, to cite sentences from one or more languages to illustrate the author’s arguments. It is a phrase that never fails to cause me instant irritation.

For me it raises the stereotypical Hollywood image of the intrepid scientist plunging into the wilderness in search of “the Truth,” and simultaneously, the question of how many other people’s contributions are erased by that banal phrase.

Thoughts, knowledge and choices

A key difference between the humanistic disciplines and the natural sciences is that the former’s data invariably originate largely in the lives, thoughts, knowledge and choices of  human beings.

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