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Is Psychology a science?
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I dealt with this question as an essay titles years ago!
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beeper_spryte answers:

Main Entry:
sci·ence Listen to the pronunciation of science
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin scientia, from scient-, sciens having knowledge, from present participle of scire to know; perhaps akin to Sanskrit chyati he cuts off, Latin scindere to split — more at shed
14th century

1: the state of knowing : knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding2 a: a department of systematized knowledge as an object of study <the science of theology> b: something (as a sport or technique) that may be studied or learned like systematized knowledge <have it down to a science>3 a: knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method b: such knowledge or such a system of knowledge concerned with the physical world and its phenomena : natural science4: a system or method reconciling practical ends with scientific laws <cooking is both a science and an art>



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robinsamuels answers:

Depends on who you ask.

A biologist or chemist etc will probably say that it isn't a "hard" science, but a "soft" science. To them a science is something that can be proved to certainty by experimental methods. Psychology, like all the ologies, cannot give definite results and are always open to interpretation.

Personally, I read sociology at uni, so I do consider them a science. It's a BSc after all, not a BA!

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