Response to aj76's blog
This is a response to one of my classmates blogs located at http://aj76.blogspot.com/. The title of his blog is "measuring tourism impacts" posted Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 4:58 pm. I think he really hit the nail on the head about measuring tourism impacts. Basically what he is saying is that methods can be developed quite easily, but actually quantifying some of the measures in these methods is a matter of much debate. He also talks specifically about surveys, and how the results can vary quite a bit depending on how the survey is administered. Basically measuring any form of social science is next to impossible to do so that everybody agrees on how it was measured. This is why I personally like physical sciences over social sciences. In physical science there is agreement between just about anybody for how things are measured. They might be different units, but they represent the same things. In contrast social sciences, including all tourism, cannot be measured perfectly and without controversy. I am glad I am an Engineer.