Is Science purely Objective?

I like that you note the value placed on empirical evidence but stress the inability for science to adhere to their own limitations. I think that herein lies why science does not like history to probe their processes – for fear that an inevitable stroke of luck or random oddity might expose a fragile system. I notice a higher importance of ego attached to science than other academic fields, almost like a club that is not open to outsiders. I think it will be interesting to consider the advancing intellect of the scientific mind, and by extension the growth of our species.

Recent separation – especially since scientists were once called Natural Philosophers. I think it is interesting that our interpretation of what science “is” and what it “should do” can reflect research and the way that information is attained. And in our day and age, as Bowler and Morus point out, research is ultimately dependent on who is funding the project – determining what science will do – the one footing the bill has a say in the direction of research, even though research does not always yield immediate results.[1] Modern science is left to the mercy of industry and the military because these offices issue practical use and need of scientific knowledge, but mainly because they hold the money.

For DiscussionIs there any area of human thought that is removed from subjectivity? or, Can human scientists be objective? {Wordpress comments are appreciated}

Bibliography

Bowler, Peter J. and Iwan Rhys Morus. Making Modern Science: A

Historical Survey. Chicago, Illinois: The University of Chicago Press,

2005.

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[1] Bowler and Morus, Making Modern Science, p. 13.

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Natural Survival: Letter 8

Letter 8

To Mrs. E_______, America

Salekard, Dec. 20th 20___.

Father Newton found him, dear deprived Father Charles, screaming out for death and cursing the rain. He prepared a grand funeral pyre, the flames stretched nigh the heavens, and gentle Father Charles nestled, seated atop the brambles, awaiting the fingered flames to succumb him to nothingness. Yet, Mother Nature could not endure her body void of such a notable creature and saw fit to cast down tears of sympathy, heavy tears in a rush to squelch the flames and free the man of the face of death. Father Charles ironically chuckles now, as he relates the tale, yet I am seized with fascination at the workings of Nature – that She alone would recognize the inherent goodness inside the man to whom society turned a blind eye. Father Newton willed Father Charles down from his aborted death throne and ushered him into a wretched cave in which the former resided, nursing him back to health with tender humane kindness. The initial reason for Father Newton’s intervention held selfish means as the older man’s hunting expedition of the day was greatly disturbed due to the lamenting cries of Father Charles – he intended to wrestle with the culprit until, nearing the hulking figure, he deduced an injustice so trite he could not leave the man to face his demons alone.

Your loving brother,

Walt