I continually hear about how psychology is suppose to be a ‘soft’ science. The biggest knob ends that express this view are usually physicists.
Are you kidding me?
Two words. THEORETICAL PHYSICS.
If ever there was a ‘soft’ science, this would be it.
Dark matter, dark energy, branes, bubbles, supersymmetry…..need I go on?
Have you observed these things? No. Is there any chance in the near future that you will observe these things? No. Can you actually prove with any degree of probability or falsify any of these things? No. Does that stop you appearing on every available documentary on the universe claiming that these things are fact rather than theory? ER, definitely no. Journey through the universe, Cosmos, The Planets, Evacuate Earth, I am pointing the finger at you.
And don’t get me started on Nat Geo’s Cosmos. Rogue planets? Are ye serious? Can ye see them? No. Does the sun reflect of them? No. Do they make a star wobble? No. So how do you know they exist except that they are one of Brannon Braga’s sci-fi fan wankeries?
Aaah, but we don’t have to! The wonders and magnificence of quantum theory, or its alternatives, can explain all. We just need a bigger telescope/collider/technological fanwankery and we’ll show you all that we are right.
Until you can resolve the problem of gravity, I ain’t interested.
Even the much touted Higgs Boson might not be the Higgs Boson….
Apart from the fact that physics as a science is the poorer for entertaining this bullshit, the Research Council responsible for astronomy and astrophysics has majorly slashed the funding of its grants because it used all its money to pay for that big fuck off tunnel.
I never actually met a physics student at uni who actually graduated, but I knew a few chemists and, later, a biochem PhD student. None of them actually learned about research methods or statistics at undergrad level and they ‘picked’ it up at postgraduate level informally. It was muggins here who analysed all their data for them, and I was still doing it for the biochem PhD student at the end of her second year.
Psychology is not a soft science. Yes, there are some airy fairy parts of it, but they tend to be recent additions that aren’t really psychology. Some of it is common sense, some of it is more intuitive than other sciences, and it is badly represented by twats with a psychology degree who think that it qualifies them to talk about everything and their mother’s toilet training habits in the media while acting in a professional capacity (yes, Emma Kenny, I’ma lookin at ye), but most of it has a good theoretical foundation, its applications are evidence based, and its made more impact in people’s everyday life than flippin theoretical physics. Psychology, I salute you.
EDIT. I should add that some of my memory of theoretical physics may be out of date or wrong (see, unlike theoretical physics, I can admit I might be wrong). But, like the majority of the population, I don’t have a background in physics, but this info has been gleaned from several years reading New Scientist. Badly written and incomprehensible New Scientist articles. Theoretical physics, your media profile sucks.