What do we study when we study the world?

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The essay reflects on the ‘material thinness’ of the ‘bubble’, of the human social reality in comparison to the hugeness of the observable universe. Second, I distinguish between the biosphere as a space on the Earth surface where DNA-based life thrives, on the one hand, and the social reality (semiosphere), on the other; the latter generated solely by humans and their social use of language. On this basis, I propose that while most natural sciences deal with the entire material reality, the purview of the social sciences and the humanities is limited to the human semiosphere only. A conscious realization of the fact appears to put many human pursuits in a better perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Pages (from-to)54-62
JournalRevista de Etnologie şi Culturologie
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2019


  • Biosphere
  • Earth
  • Entropy
  • Humanities
  • Material reality
  • Natural sciences
  • Research
  • Semiosphere
  • Social reality
  • Social sciences


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