This-essay is a8002072.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 ========================================================== %SPECIALIZED BIAS VALUES 800207 Specialists tend to try to avoid bias in specialized ways. Many technocrats try to avoid bias by excluding personal consideration from their efforts. Others exclude from consideration holistic insights which can not be analyzed. Specialists in objectivity exclude from consideration purely subjective insights. Each specialist is sincerely trying to affirm the importance of avoiding bias, and attempts to do so by affirming their biased tendency towards specialized values. Their best efforts to avoid bias are biased by their lack of concern for balance. At a fundamental level bias has to do with exclusivity, with an effort to narrow the focus of attention in such a way as to exclude important aspects of a whole from consideration. The specialist is exclusive in a way which affirms the importance of the focus of attention, while ignoring that which is not the focus of attention. It is thus absurd to try to avoid bias through specialization. No speciality is so valuable that an exclusive focus upon the speciality will avoid bias. Specialists equate their specialty with "goodness", and they also equate avoiding bias with "goodness". If "A" is equal to "goodness" and "B" is equal to "goodness", the "A" is equal to "B". By this logic they conclude that their specialty is equal to the avoidance of bias. What they forget is that a specialized search for "goodness" is exclusive, alienative, excommunicative; and therefore evil; i.e., sinful. The logic sounds strange when converted to: by specialty is sinful, the absence of bias is balance, therefore my specialty is the absence of bias. for the word "sinful" any of the words "alienative", "evil", "excommunicative", "elitist", etc. may be inserted. Bias pertains to the unbalanced affirmation of positive values. We will do well to remember that positive values are the focus of the motivations which occasion bias. Bias is not occasioned by a willful desire to do evil. Bias is occasioned by specialized (unbalanced) efforts to affirm positive values, values such as objectivity, rule by law, explicitness, accuracy, certainty, etc. We will be biased if we assume that biased people are evil and to be avoided. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.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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