Editor's Note: To what extent are “scientific” methods and assumptions helping and/or hindering our understanding of human communication? Do our current efforts bode well for the future or are we a discipline in need of some radical changes? These questions, among others, provide a framework for this particular assessment of our collective concept of self.
SCIENCE AND THE STUDY OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION: AN INQUIRY FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TWO CULTURES
Article first published online: 17 MAR 2006
Human Communication Research
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 361–370, June 1981
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PHILLIPS, G. M. (1981), SCIENCE AND THE STUDY OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION: AN INQUIRY FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TWO CULTURES. Human Communication Research, 7: 361–370. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2958.1981.tb00582.x
- Issue published online: 17 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 17 MAR 2006
The name “science” may have been wrongly applied to what experts do when they study human communication. Assumptions and methods of the hard sciences do not seem to fit human communication behavior. The result is subversion of human dignity through the production of findings that are method oriented but not productive of generalizations useful either in advancing understanding or in generating a useful technology. The need is to discover a way to anthropomorphize the study of human communication behavior.