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March Madness: An “Experiential Commodity” with Money for the Men, Only Fame for the Women, and an Illusion for the Fans

It’s time for March Madness again, the scrambling tournament to determine the number one men and women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I collegiate basketball teams in the United States. Teams from universities all over the U.S. will compete for 19 days, and every game will be televised. For the men’s division 68 teams…

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Human Science and Being an Intellectual

As human science’s project is to transform the world, so is it the task of persons who are engaged in the pursuit of human science. I would go so far as to say that if you are a human scientist, you are by definition a revolutionary intellectual. As Edward Said so eloquently stated, “the challenge…

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What is Unique about Human Science?

 If you look at a testimony of love from 2,000 years ago it can still exactly speak to you, whereas medical advice from only 100 years ago is ridiculous. – Jennifer Michael Hecht, on poetry versus science   It would seem that human sciences emerged as a rejection of the philosophical, methodological and epistemological underpinnings…

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What is the Possible Breadth and Scope of Human Science?

Human Sciences are embodied with multiple features that distinguish its approach and body of work from the natural sciences.  “We can identify three main intentions in the modern human sciences: description, interpretation and the reconstruction of meaning structures” (Rothberg, 1991, p. 1). Each of these aspects or intentions gives clarity and definition to the pursuit…

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