Objectivity in Science - Impossible by Nature Objectivity...

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Impossible by Nature Objectivity in science is a fallacy. It is simply impossible both by definition and by practice. In fact, objectivity as a whole is a relative farce when viewed as anything but theoretical. Examine the definition of subjectivity: (1) Proceeding from or taking place in a person's mind rather than the external world: a subjective decision. (2) Particular to a given person; personal: subjective experience. Subjectivity describes what we, as humans or as a collective whole (i.e. the human race), feel and believe. It describes things within us (in our world) rather than externally (i.e. within the entire existence of…well…everything). Human objectivity, and necessarily, objectivity within the human race, is impossible. Thus, it follows that because science is a construct of humans – that is to say, it is created, practiced, and interpreted by us – science is also subjective: it cannot be objective. Science is a human construct. The only universal thing about it is its subject matter (which actually seems to be consistently non-universal), which is only theoretically universal at best. Science was created to give humans a sense of understanding, a feeling of progress and even a goal to strive for (enlightenment, the attainment of truth, etc.), a foundation to extract knowledge. Science was created to figure things out. This view of the reason for science is my opinion and it could very well be wrong. The point that I hope is clear and I think anyone would find hard to argue with is that science was created by humanity. If humanity didn’t exist, science wouldn’t exist. That doesn’t mean that the world would cease to operate the way it does, it simply means that there would be no human understanding of it. No humans, no human understanding: relatively clear and logical. Science describes the practices humans undertake to better understand the world, to create “useful models of reality” (Wikipedia definition of the goal of science). Finally, science is interpreted solely by humans. Herein lies the biggest problem for objectivity. Interpreting science, both observations and the drawing of inferences, is a thought
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This essay was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course PHIL 251 taught by Professor Dayton during the Spring '06 term at University of Saskatchewan- Management Area.

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