Social reality are the shared meanings, practices and experiences of groups such as a society or culture. This can be contrasted with scientific theory in areas such as biology and personal realities such as an individual's private thoughts. Social reality is a pragmatic thing whereby it exists where people in a society, culture or group accept it as existing. The following are illustrative examples of social realities.
Social Construct vs Social RealitySocial construct is a more accurate term for social reality. Just because a group collectively believe something to be true doesn't make it real in an objective sense. For example, if a tribe believes that there is a huge fish under the ocean that causes earthquakes by slapping its fin on the ocean bottom, this is certainly socially constructed but it is a stretch to label this as reality.
Social Reality vs Personal RealitySocial reality is meaning that is accepted by a group at a point in time. This can be contrasted with personal reality whereby an individual believes something to be true without necessarily convincing others. Under a postmodern theory known as relativism, reality only exists at the personal level. This results in an unstable and untenable world where the individual is right to demand that society respect their personal views as personal opinions define reality. It is unclear how this is supposed to work as individual opinions typically conflict such that there is no basis for common ground without social reality and scientific reality.
Social Reality vs Scientific TheorySocial reality is freely defined by groups without the rigor of the scientific method. As such science is closer to objective truth whereby a hypothesis may have much objective evidence to support it to the point that it is accepted as a theory. However, the scope of social reality is far greater than the scope of science and deals elements of the human experience that are beyond measurement. For example, a German musician that many Germans view as having contributed greatly to German culture. This isn't a question for science as it relates to the human experience. In many cases, scientific theories or hypotheses are accepted into social reality. For example, modern societies accept that the planet Earth is approximately spherical. Likewise, a social science such as economics may study social realities with the scientific method.
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