02/24/06  (susheyer)  [1 Comments]

Starting with the basics: Philosophy of Science

Currently, I am in a learning group with other doctoral students of Professor Baumgartner to study the basics of science: philosophy of science. Silke Kleindienst organized and structured the group and suggested to start with the works of Erhard Oeser. Since the participants are located all over Germany and Austria, we use the learning platform moodle to communicate and discuss.

 First insights I had into the philosophy of science were that the sciences are all founded upon the same principles (either to explain an unusual event or understand the purpose of an action) and that science should always follow specific ethics. Especially the ethics debate started a long discussion in our group, since science is supposed to research for the needs of people. So the first problem is, what exactly ARE the needs of people? Second problem is, aren't there sciences that intend to induce needs in people like marketing? Are such sciences still sciences, or are they just sciences who do not follow the science ethic, i.e. researching for the needs of the people? I am not sure we came to a conclusion regarding these two problems.


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I would say that most media problems arise when their is cofcilnt of race, gender, nationalism, idealogy, ethnicity, or political system. These are the things that are exposed within the media, and they are usually entwined with eachother. Therefore, I would say that the best approach to understanding how media impacts society is to take the holistic approach, and not through classical mechanics. Through psychology, sociology, ethics, and an aware/observant approach to study the media, the problem solving can come about once both parties in cofcilnt stop pointing the finger and come to a peaceful/moral solution. Individual political and economic gain must be left out of the matter as well. There needs to be a mutual feeling on both sides of the front that we are all connected and a part of the same environment, which hopefully will lead to more self-less acts and help promote constructive communication. All of the religions of the world should come together and discuss similar core beliefs and values, and should start working with eachother more to promote the things all of us have in common, which will help support a positive media system. This may not be enough, so the change in the educational system will be very important in contributing to global positive change in communcations. Although literacy in school is important, the education system, from the begining needs to hold creativity as one of its most important values in guiding and supporting students. My view seems to follow the WE section of the 4 square chart, where there will be a positive collective world view, while still preserving cultural diversity through mutual respect and reverence towards others who are different than us.