Together these fields explore the questions and curiosities humans have been pondering for ages, and scientists often develop questions and use a scientific process—the scientific method—to describe, predict, and observe the natural world. This method of developing and researching hypotheses can also be applied to the other lenses as a way to organize the questions one might ask to gain a deeper understanding of our world and experiences. View these brief videos for more on the natural and applied sciences: The Scientific Method (4:05); IDS-100: What Is Science? (2:01); IDS-100: Neil deGrasse Tyson Describes Scientific Thinking (2:52). The Social Sciences As people are social beings, social science is the study of society and the relationships between people. Subjects included in this lens are psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, and geography. This study of human behavior and interaction can sometimes overlap with the humanities lens, which also studies different cultures. Studying society, culture, and human relationships will lead us to an understanding of how people live and how to improve our lives. Social scientists use a variety of methods to arrive at conclusions within this lens, such as interviews, participant-observation, and primary and secondary sources. The social sciences can also intersect with the other lenses. For instance, like for the history lens, social scientists may look at the past to gain an understanding of the social relationships that took place. How do we interact? How do we work together? Asking questions similar to these has given us the opportunity to evaluate causes and effects related to people in our society. Consider how the social science lens helps us interact with the world around us and uses cultural artifacts to make changes in our lives to promote better living or promote interactions we normally would not have with others. View these brief videos for more on social science: An Animated Introduction to Social Science (4:35); What Is Social Science? Part 1 (2:50); What Is Social Science? Part 2 (2:37).