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Humanities aren’t a science. Stop treating them like one. | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network

I tell my students this all the time. People and cultures are complex, they allude categorization and quantification. They contradict each other just as much as they contradict themselves. Scientific and mathematical methods have their very important place in the hard sciences, but their role in the humanities is limited and often precarious. Using computer programs to analyze biased histories based on limited archival data & in an attempt to tell the future is foolish and dangerous. Click to read the full text at Scientific American: Humanities aren’t a science. Stop treating them like one. | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network.

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Measuring the Evolution of Contemporary Western Popular Music : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

This is a perfect example of Humanities Aren’t A Science. Computer programming is used to show that popular music since the 1950s has declined in variability with regard to “pitch, volume, and timbre,” all what reads as a biased attempt to disregard popular music as “inauthentic” or base.

FYI, musicologists have known there is little harmonic variety in popular music for decades. Also, FYI, you missed the point completely. After you read the article, read an ethnomusicologist’s response.

Measuring the Evolution of Contemporary Western Popular Music : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group.

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