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The goal of Direct Knowledge is to provide quality content to help spread knowledge and advance careers. This content comes in various forms, from books and courses to original articles posted online.
The online articles at Direct Knowledge are freely available to all, as knowledge is meant to be. Material within the articles is designed to help people advance in academics, become professionals, or just gain knowledge for their own personal and social benefit. Some are tailored specifically to assisting students with common or unique problems in school. Others give insight to career paths and characteristics of professionals in particular fields.
New online articles are consistently added to keep readers up to date on new developments and give thorough explanations of existing topics.
These topics include everything from technical sciences and their applications, to humanities and the social interactions of people and societies.
The pursuit of knowledge and truth in all of these fields is what has made society what it is today. Thus, continuing the exploration and sharing of knowledge is what will keep society growing and advancing. The following descriptions will give you an idea of the scope of each section of online articles. These articles are found on Direct Knowledge and serve as potential material you can expect in the future.
The applied sciences take existing knowledge from scientific fields and apply it to practical uses. Since the aim is to discover and create new technologies, inventions, and helpful applications, applied scientists pursue scientific knowledge not only for the sake of curiosity itself, but for a specific purpose. The natural and formal sciences focus on the curiosity part, paying less attention to practicality. But they both still play pivotal roles in applied sciences by providing the base of knowledge on which applied science grows. The applications of science in the field typically help to further human health, education, engineering, and business, depending on the driving motivation and group of people conducting the science.
Applied science starts by identifying the parts of natural and formal sciences that relate most to human bodies, societies, and tools. This is followed by combining them to create systems that make our lives easier. Research and development in the applied sciences can be driven by government or private businesses, but the methodology is generally always empirical. However, unlike formal and natural sciences, dealing with the real world means the methodology isn't always as strict. After all, the real world can be messy and difficult to control.
Categories in Applied Sciences
Within the Applied Sciences section of Direct Knowledge are four categories of more specific applications in the field. They are: engineering, medicine, nursing, and veterinary science. Engineering includes the foundations of the field as it is concerned with designing and building structures and machines. Additionally, it includes branches that explore specific areas of the field. Each branch deals with specific materials and methods that make it unique. Some of the main branches of engineering are chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical.
Medicine and nursing are similar in that they both deal with the health and well-being of individuals. However, medicine takes a more scientific and practical approach. It focuses on the cut and dried diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of biological diseases. Nursing, on the other hand, takes a more compassionate and human approach. It gives special attention to the people with the medical problem, taking into consideration their personal situation and the best ways for them to improve their quality of life. Similar to both of these categories, veterinary medicine explores the world of improving the health and well-being of all living things, but focuses on animals rather than humans.
Popular Online Articles in Applied Sciences
In each category within the applied sciences section, you'll find articles on the history, important topics, careers, and recent developments in applied sciences. The first articles in each category explore the background of the field. Then, more targeted articles are listed on more specific subjects. History and foundations are important to start with as they make sure you know where the field comes from and why it is important in the context of historical events and developments. The history of applied sciences gives us a good idea of how science has changed human societies for the better. This is especially evident in the last couple centuries of development since the industrial revolution.
The articles about careers within this category both showcase specific scientists as well as give information for getting into a related career yourself. As time goes on, more articles will get added to each category. New articles will further explore advancements and research in the fields, as well as give more in-depth explanations of existing topics.
The formal sciences are those which formally categorize, organize, and describe symbolic systems. For comparison, natural and social sciences use empirical scientific methods to characterize physical and social systems. These include systems of physical objects and laws created by nature, or systems created by people in societies. Symbolic systems are those that communicate more abstract and intangible ideas. Examples include logic, math, statistics, and theories within these areas. In place of empirical methods, formal sciences rely on language tools to characterize these systems.
Through the characterization of conceptual systems, formal sciences aid other scientific disciplines. However, the lack of empirical testing means they are technically not an actual science. This quality does not make them any less valid or useful, and in fact can have benefits. Due to the lack of empirical methods, existing formal sciences can't change due to new discoveries. They are stable and universally applicable to all sciences, providing a valuable tool for scientific advancement.
Categories in Formal Sciences
Within formal sciences, you'll find the categories focusing on accounting, actuarial science, computer science, mathematics, and programming. Accounting and actuarial sciences use mathematical and statistical methods for assessing risk and tracking transactions in fields such as finance and insurance. They both use advanced models and financial theories with the aid of high-speed computers. These involve the implementation of mathematics, probability, statistics, economics, finance, and computer science, so you can see the inter-relatedness between these categories.
Mathematics itself is the science of patterns. It finds them and uses them to solve problems, but first it derives systems of making and describing those patterns through the language of math. Numbers and symbols are used for expressing the patterns and their internal logic as a way of communicating abstract ideas. Similarly, programming and computer science involve manifesting complex abstract computational and technological aspects of computers into something comprehensible and usable by computer scientists and programmers.
Popular Online Articles in Formal Sciences
The history of the formal sciences goes back millennia, and is covered thoroughly for most of the above categories. This sets the scene for the drastic changes that occurred in the last century or two as formal, natural, and applied sciences all broadened greatly. Some articles cover advances that have now become integrated in our daily lives, while others look at changes that are still happening. For example, artificial intelligence is steadily rising in popularity due to advances made in computer science.
The mathematics category on Direct Knowledge has many articles covering all of the crucial theories, functions, and methods used in the field. From the classics to the progress of modern mathematicians, it's all here. In addition to those articles that explore theoretical ideas and academic topics, there are also a number to help you on your professional journey. Read here for tips on accounting journals to read and actuarial organizations to join to boost your professional experience. These categories also discuss some of the most well-known contributors to these fields from the past, as well as shed light on the various aspects of what it's like to join a career in the field today.
As the name suggests, the humanities focus on the things that make us human. Society, art, culture, religion, history, languages, and more; all of it is part of this decentralized discipline. It is different from most of the other sections on Direct Knowledge in that its approach is not empirical and doesn't use perfect data. Rather, it takes a historical perspective to critically evaluate and speculate about events and relationships. This makes the comparative method and comparative research the best methods to use in humanities. In comparative methods, one aspect of society or people is compared across place or time to identify differences and changes as well as similarities.
Through the humanities, people are able to better understand one another. This includes literal understanding via different languages, as well as empathizing and gaining understanding of cultures and ways of life that differ from our own. The non-empirical approach also teaches us to deal critically and logically with the reality of our imperfect and complex world. Thus, the humanities encourage creativity and critical thinking, leading to informed citizens capable of making intelligent decisions.
Categories in Humanities
Within the Humanities section, you'll find the categories of journalism, library science, philosophy, and visual arts. Journalism presents a unique blend of the humanities in that it can (and arguably should) utilize them to the fullest extent possible. Having a solid background in subjects like political science, literature, history, and religion gives journalists the ability to deeply analyze wide breadths of context in their careers.
Library science also combines multiple humanities as it aims to compile, organize, preserve, and distribute information. In doing so, it helps people learn from the past and present, thus helping the future. Philosophy dives straight into the study of fundamental questions of humanity. These questions are often abstract, but core to our existence. The visual arts take a more straightforward approach as it expresses the world around us primarily through the use of sight. However, it's not always as straightforward as it seems. The most famous and valuable art often has integrated meaning with the visual expression through the use of historical context.
Popular Online Articles in Humanities
The online articles in these categories are rich with history of the fields of study as well as rich in history in and of itself. Each category starts with introductions to the given subject, branching into further analysis and explanation of the greater meaning and purpose. You'll also find articles about modern developments that are relevant today and how they affect us. You can read about how philosophy has had some interesting responses to advances like artificial intelligence. Or, take a look at how the visual arts are reaching new heights.
If you're looking to start a professional career in one of these subjects, you're in a good place to start. There are articles about becoming a journalist and the important qualities of journalists. Some humanities subjects aren't always strongly supported by funding and scholarships as much as something like engineering or business. But the reality is that these subjects are applicable to successful careers, with almost 60% of US CEOs having humanities degrees. You can read about what degrees in these fields consist of and which schools are of the highest quality.
The natural sciences aim to describe, understand, and predict natural phenomena around us. This includes our own bodies, plants and animals, the planet, solar system, and universe as a whole. To be as thorough and precise as possible, natural sciences use the scientific method for observations and testing.
The scientific method utilizes empirical methods by acquiring knowledge through observation and experimentation. Results from empirical methods meet and overcome a certain level of skepticism that lets us be confident in their validity.
Within natural sciences are two main branches; physical science and life science. Within physical science are categories such as chemistry, earth science, physics, and space science.
Each of them deals with areas that don't include the inner workings of life, whereas life science focuses on biology and what makes up life. In the study of each of these fields, formal sciences such as mathematics and logic are valuable tools for describing and explaining what we see in physical sciences.
Categories in Natural Sciences
In the Natural Sciences section you'll find five categories: biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, and space sciences. Comprising the branch of life sciences, biology looks at phenomena related to living things. It can be multidisciplinary, incorporating the other physical sciences in areas such as biophysics, ecology, and medicine.
On the physical-science side of things, chemistry studies matter at atomic and molecular scales. Specifically, it looks at collections of atoms and how they interact with one another to form molecules, gases, solids, liquids, and chemical reactions.
Physics goes beyond atoms and molecules by studying all fundamental constituents of our universe. This means not only physical things like quarks and electrons, but also the forces and interactions that occur between everything. Physics describes gravity, light, and other interactions in theories like quantum mechanics and special relativity.
Earth science combines many of the natural sciences into one while focusing on our home. It looks at anything relating to planet Earth, from geology and meteorology to oceanography and soil science. Space science shares a number of similarities with Earth science. But, unlike Earth science, it applies them to all planetary and other bodies beyond our planet.
Popular Online Articles in Natural Sciences
Because the sciences can be very broad, you'll find articles in these categories outlining the many various topics you can learn about and study. Some of these topics, such as environmental science within the Earth sciences, are fairly new on the world stage.
Through the articles in these categories, you can learn about what makes them so relevant and important in the modern age. Even the classics that have been around for centuries, such as physics, still have new developments you can learn about here.
The social sciences are similar to humanities in that they study aspects of human society and relationships throughout time. However, where the humanities take a more analytical and critical approach, social sciences take a more scientific approach. It can even be thought of as a middle ground between humanities and natural sciences.
Humanities deals with the subjects that can be very subjective and abstract in nature, such as philosophy, religion, and arts. Social sciences focuses more on areas that can be studied empirically, such as anthropology, archaeology, economics, and political sciences.
In overlapping areas such as history, linguistics, and law, the two areas of study merely take different approaches.
Categories in Social Sciences
Within the Social Sciences section of Direct Knowledge, you'll find categories covering anthropology, economics, education, geography, psychology, and sociology. Anthropology dives right into the science of social sciences, taking a holistic look at human existence.
It aims to help modern people understand each other as well as people and societies from the past. It does this primarily through evaluating physical aspects of the human body and way of life. Anthropologists might look at how the human body changed over time and how this affected our daily lives. Or it might look at how people built their homes or grew their crops.
This is similar to sociology in that they both study societies, but sociology focuses on relationships and social action. The study of economics then looks at how these societies spread and consume wealth.
The study of education in the social sciences evaluates how knowledge is passed down. This includes the passing of culture, wisdom, and other profound parts of human existence. We are constantly trying to optimize this passing down of information by looking at which methods work best for different people and societies.
Psychology helps us in the field of education and any field dealing with people. It studies the behavior of people relating to how their minds and mental processes work.
Geography can also look at people, as in the previous categories, or, alternatively, at physical geography. In human geography, the subject focuses on the management of space by people and the effects they have on that space.
Physical geography instead examines measurements and phenomena related to the Earth itself.
Popular Online Articles in Social Sciences
The relationship between social sciences and humanities shows itself in various interesting ways. For examples, you can read about how anthropology integrates humanities and biology through various methods ranging from archaeological excavation to participant observation.
In areas like economics with many complicated sub-fields, you can find a breakdown to help you grasp the bigger picture more easily. Some categories have practical articles to help you implement techniques at home, such as tips on homework help. Or maybe you want to work on your own education. In that case, you can find recommendations for journals for further reading.
You can also find examples of professionals in the social sciences, and through reading about their accomplishments you can see what a career in the field is like.
Learning should be personally enriching and enjoyable, as well as useful. It can help you be an informed citizen making well-informed decisions. It can also help you get on the path of a solid career, or get better at the job you already have. While these online articles can't earn you a degree or certifications by themselves, they can certainly help you along that path.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and Direct Knowledge is here to help you; whether you want to explore the unknown and find your passion, or explore something you're already hooked on. The world is always changing, especially in this day and age. Constantly learning throughout life ensures your knowledge doesn't become outdated, and puts you on top when it comes to new challenges.
Explore the articles found here so you're up to the challenge.