What makes science different from everything else?
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The term “science” carries a centuries-long aura of legitimacy and respectability. But not every field of research can rightly call itself scientific. Traditionally, fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, and their spinoffs constitute the hard sciences while social sciences are called the soft sciences. A very good reason exists for this demarcation, and it has nothing to do with how difficult, useful, or interesting the field is. The distinction rests on the scientific rigor of a...

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