This-essay is a7311133.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %RATIONALISTS AND ARATIONALISTS 731113 There are some in our western culture who have learned to have an aversion for science and scientists. Perceived from within their state of consciousness, there is something non-human if not anti-human about science, scientists, and the technologies which use them. Rationalists and arationalists tend not to be in dialogue with each other. Both groups seek ways of heightening their state of consciousness and self confidence. Arationalists heavily outnumber rationalists, especially if one maintains high standards in the selection of persons who qualify as rationalists. It is probably true that the financial support that enables the rationalists to take their "trips" into rational states of consciousness---is usually tax money collected from arationalists. The rationalists regard their states of consciousness as more conducive to survival than are the states of consciousness of the arationalists. Rationalists are better equipped to manage their environment and attempt to keep in under full control. The fruits of their labors may be viewed in almost any large metropolitan area. There is a tendency for rationalists to be disdainful of the arationalists who via tax money support rationalists' research. On the other hand, the apparent irrationality of the arationalists' behavior is thoughtlessly taken by rationalists as an adequate reason for not being in dialogue with arationalists. In setting priorities the rationalists do not highly regard maintaining communication with arationalists. Apparently rationalists do not have the freedom to see that estrangement has low survival value. The taxpayers who may support helpful scientific research in years to come---are now in elementary and secondary schools. Rationalists might profitably ask what attitudes these future taxpayers are acquiring towards science, scientists, and technocrats. (c) 1999 by Paul A. Smith in GO: essayz.com "Search for Integrity and Honesty" (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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