The PhD Blog: Being Clear About Methodology, Ontology and Epistemology When you begin writing your PhD you'll need to get to grips with some academic language. Your degree title is a Doctorate in Philosophy and this suggests that a minimum requirement is that you are conversant with the philosophy of research. In particular, you need to get on top of three very important concepts. Methodology ... to do with the tools and techniques of researchOntology ... to do with our assumptions about how the world is made up and the nature of thingsEpistemology ... to do with our beliefs about how one might discover knowledge about the world Whilst there are some philosophical traditions that problematise these concepts, most research students need to articulate their position in relation to each term individually and collectively ... even if it is simply to refute the need to do so because you are subscribing to a view of the research process which denies our ability to subdivide in this way.
World Situation I will not update the ‘World Situation’ anymore. The coming crisis will strike people on all levels of life. The ‘Greatest Depression’ is well on its way. The greatest economic collapse in history is coming. The financial/economic crisis has only just begun. “This coming crisis is bigger than the world has ever experienced” – Ron Paul I want to tell you what is happening right now in the world and what will unfold in the future, so that you can prepare and tell your friends, family and loved ones about this. Ironically the world events are happening now so fast that I am just posting here some keywords of what is happening and what is going to happen. 1. 1. The US Dollar is being devaluated and destroyed intentionally by the FED and other Players. The Collapsing Dollar – Authorities lose patience Jim Rogers: Avoid The Dollar At All Costs The US are already in a Recession even if Bernanke is still warning of a possible Recession. The Recession will turn into a Depression. “We’re in a crash,”… 2.
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What is your paradigm? Time to spend on this section: 2.5 hours Across disciplines (and within) there are varying views of what research is and how this relates to the kind of knowledge being developed. Paradigms guide how we make decisions and carry out research. According to Guba (1990), paradigms can be characterised through their: ontology (What is reality?) In order to get to grips with this, we need to clarify what these terms mean. Now you may find it useful to read the Wikipedia articles and their related links on the following key words: epistemology, methodology, ontology, paradigm, positivism, post-positivism, critical theory and constructivism before you try to answer the questions. ACTIVITY 5: How our view of what knowledge is affects the way we research. Having read about the concepts paradigm, epistemology, ontology and methodology you will begin to see how our view of the knowledge and the world affects how we plan and carry out research. Then click on the 'Feedback button' to see how you score.
A Guide to Isaac Asimov's Essays Copyright © 1995 by Edward Seiler and Richard Hatcher. All rights reserved. To the Isaac Asimov home page To the Isaac Asimov FAQ To Jenkins' Spoiler-Laden Guide to Isaac Asimov Introduction Though perhaps best known throughout the world for his science fiction, Isaac Asimov was also regarded as one of the great explainers of science. His essays exemplified his skill at making complex subjects understandable, and were written in an unformal style, liberally sprinkled with personal anecdotes that endeared him to a legion of faithful readers. It was all a labor of love; in particular Asimov often remarked that of all his writing, his essays for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction were his favorite, despite the fact that he received the lowest word-rate payment for them. Asimov didn't stop with his F&SF essays, however. With such a huge collection of essays, it can pose a problem for the reader who remembers a piece that Asimov wrote, but can't recall the source. Notes on the listings
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10 badass social media visualisations | Blog When it comes to social media you might be busy trying to separate the opportunity from the bullshit, such are the interstellar levels of hype and associated jargon that are plaguing this space. Nevertheless, I for one believe that a solid social media strategy can make a real difference to your business, helping you to drive engagement in order to boost customer satisfaction, retention, and profits. But that's not to say it will be easy: there's a lot to figure out and each company has different needs (and challenges to overcome). They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I thought I'd aggregate a few of the social media visualisations I've spotted in the past few weeks to help you make some mental leaps of faith, or use in your internal pitches, or otherwise determine that it's all a bunch of hot air, as you see fit. Caveat: some of these are more badass than others! Social Media ROI [by Intersection Consulting] Social Media Landscape [by Ivan Walsh] Tools and Methods of Social Media
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