Friday, 5 March 2010

Natural Science Of Society And Culture

Carolina Ribelles (2009-2010)


Patricia Bou said...

Carolina you did very well with such a new type of paper.

Could anyone explain the metaphor of "medical epidemeology" in relation to the formation and propagation of cultural representations?

Carolina Ribelles said...

The term reffers to the study of the interaction of cultural representations in population through a naturalistic approach.

Could be said it is called medical because it is done through research, methods, tools that include social science disciplines.

Gema Olaso said...

I would also like to tackle Patricia’s question. As far as I know, “Medical Epidemiology” implies that macro-phenomena, like endemic and epidemic diseases, are addressed in terms of patterns of microphenomena of individual pathology and inter-individual transmission. This, though inversely, applies to the formation and propagation of cultural representations, in that they follow a naturalistic approach: going from the micro-world to the macro-world, as it is the natural way of doing things.

Furthermore, “Epidemiology” is a methodology of public health research, highly regarded for identifying risk factors for disease. In this way, there is a Naturalistic Causal Explanation to the formation and propagation of cultural representations. For instance, the abstract property of content can be implemented in the material world; when this happens systematically we can say that to each of the causal link in the chain (perception, inference, remembering, etc.) there corresponds a semantic or content relationship (truth, satisfaction, justification, etc.) and we would be describing a Cognitive Causal Chain.

Gema Olaso said...

I would also like to make some questions:

1- What makes a causal chain social?
2- What makes a social chain cultural?

Carolina Ribelles said...

You have the answers in the power point, regards!