Philosophy of Research. I thought we were going to be discussing qualitative vs. quantitative research again. Little did I know that we'd be getting deeper than Barry White's vocals.
Our coursework involves choosing a social science (I'm using psychology) and using studies within that discipline to determine whether or not psychology can be classed as a science. I'm going to be comparing Freud and Neuropsychology, to show two extremes.
Someone stole my idea yesterday, though, which pissed me off. I tried to help them with their coursework and then they ended up telling the lecturer that they were doing Freud vs. Neuropsychology.
B*gger - your just learned the first rule of science the hard way... Don't tell anyone what you are doing till you've written it down!!
Philosophy of science is a bit of a grind, but it's worth it to get a good idea of how to conduct research. My b*tching about the kind of science that tends to turn up on TV is because it tends to all be very qualitative - we observed this, it might mean this, etc... No discussion of how you actually form a hypothesis, then test it emphirically to prove or disprove it. For that reason lay people tend to think that scientists are either all-knowing or complete idiots! The truth is normally a combination of the two...