Human Science

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Editorial Guidelines for HumanScience[1]

  1. Articles should be based on an accurate presentation of facts supported by references to original sources as far as possible. These facts may be drawn from history, biography and even literature, since characters and events in literature also represent aspects and dimension of human nature and potential. Contributors may also site facts from their personal experience where those facts reveal significant insights regarding human nature, life and social evolution.
  2. But facts alone are not sufficient to qualify an article for inclusion in HumanScience. The objective is to go beyond the facts to uncover perspectives, principles and processes that govern individual and collective human behavior and evolution.
  3. Articles may interpret facts according to established viewpoints or based on original research and original points of view. But mere assertion of personal opinions without supporting logic, theoretical perspective, corroborating factual evidence, or explanation is not appropriate.
  4. As far as possible, articles should present the connections, interactions and parallels between different fields of social life --political, economic, social, psychological, etc. -- rather than deal with each field as a separate and isolated compartment of activity and theoretical knowledge.
  5. The objective is to expand human knowledge, not to win debates or establish any particular viewpoint as absolute truth. Therefore, if you agree with a point of view, help to expand and develop it by supporting facts and arguments. If you disagree, add a comment on the Talk page, a new section to the existing article or a separate linked article presenting a different perspective.
  6. Articles should also attempt to present the connections, interactions and parallels between different levels of human society -- individual, family, organization, community, nation, global -- rather than deal with each as a separate and isolated compartment of activity or knowledge.
  7. Topics related to science and technology are as appropriate as those related to history, sociology and psychology. However, the focus should be on the human processes that govern scientific and technological creativity, innovation, development and evolution as well as the human consequences of these processes, rather than on scientific facts, principles or concepts themselves.
  1. Authors - Garry Jacobs is Vice President of The Mother’s Service Society & Ashok Natarajan is Secretary of The Mother’s Service Society.
    The Mother's Service Society is a Social Science Research Institute based in Pondicherry, India.

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