SOC 120 WEEK 1 DQ 1
A theory is a statement that is made up of systematic ideas with the intent of explaining how and why things happens the way they do. It serves the basic purpose of explaining happenings using general principles and hypothesis. The main purpose or goal of a theory is to ensure that people understand the phenomena’s that occur around them. The theory serves to explain how things happen and what forces whether man made or natural are behind it. A theory has got components. In this regard, the theory has got two parts, the problem and the answer. For example, when Newton explained the theory of force of gravity, he explained what force of gravity is and how the theory applies.
Validating a theory
I can validate a theory through checking the components of the theory. If it has the problem and the way of solving the problem, it is valid. If it does not have any of the components the theory is not accurate. Evidence is a valid truth. It is the real thing basing on the right figures. Evidence is not disputable. Evidence comes from the source of research or the subject being studied. A theory can be tested by applying the problem identified in the theory to see if the theory works or not. For instance, if a theory states that water cannot climb upwards, one can actually test this to prove that the theory is right. If water climbs up a hill the theory is wrong. If it does not climb the theory is right (L'Abate and Bryson, 1993). Theories are used to explain occurrences. Personally, I believe that repetition of something so much leads to failure. This belief guides me to change my routine of doing things. Theory is a logical step by step explanation while belief is what we stand for.
L'Abate, L., & Bryson, C. H. (1993). A theory of personality development. New York: Wiley.