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This-essay is a8006012.htm which is available at the web-site 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 ========================================================== %BEING PERSONAL OR OBJECTIVE 800601 Taboos often force us into the dichotomous choice of being either personal or being objective; a case of an excluded middle. Taboos often prohibit us from being both personal and objective. Suppose a professional acquaintance makes a personal advance towards us in a manner which we perceive to be so non-objective that we feel a taboo threaten us. Yet we may be sexually interested in developing the sexual possibilities of the personal relationship. On the other, hand, professional standards demand that we remain objective about our relationship with the other person in order that we may be able to perceive it without bias and make proper decisions to obey legalistic laws regarding what should be our response to the advance. Meanwhile, our emotions are responding in a way which violates our professional standards; our body is not under our full professional control. We seem unable to fully control what our body does---how it feels about a personal relationship and its possibilities, especially sexual possibilities. Yet, our professional standards demand we be objective and control all objects, including our body and its sexuality. Usually when we are trapped between mutually exclusive value demands, we end up choosing one or the other of the value demands. Rarely do we transcend the exclusivity of the value demands and affirm both in spite of their exclusivity; i.e., affirm the values without inclusion of the exclusivity. In the described situation most people choose to be sexual or to be objective; i.e., they choose to be personal or to be objective. It is rare that people can transcend the exclusivity of values and simultaneously affirm the personal-sexual and the professional-objective possibilities of a situation. Physical scientists tend to be males, and most of the males tend to be heterosexuals who are most likely to be sexually stimulated by females. Thus physical scientists are most likely to experience the tension indicated above in situations involving females. Mature males find females particularly stimulating sexually, especially when the males are middle aged and both well established professionally and sexually bored in a marital relationship. Given such conditions physical scientists usually must choose between being personally sexual or professionally objective---and they usually choose to be professionally objective, and take steps to minimize opportunities for sexual stimulation---by minimizing contacts with females. The latter is accomplished by minimizing personal associations between physical scientists and sexually attractive females---through subtle forms of sexual discrimination which discourages such females from pursuing careers in physical sciences or pursuing physical scientists. If there is any merit in the above speculations they obviously have great importance and relevance to the elimination of sexual discrimination in institutions of higher educations where science departments are dominated by male scientists. Legalistic, moralistic, and ethical "solutions" will not get to the roots of the problems suggested above. Systematic procedures will not solve the problems, in fact they may mask the problems and obscure their nature. The very people who are systematically excluded from the science departments in higher education are the ones most likely to have the speculative insights which might point the way to resolve the human conflicts at hand. Of course scientists (mostly males) will easily protect themselves against the import of the above by behaving very professionally: they will point out that it is all speculation which is not supported by reliable evidence. It is all mere opinion. There are no measurements, no equations, no quantitative analyses. The writing has not met the professional standards of a reputable scientific journal dedicated to normative science---to the systematic development of accepted paradigms. Such professional behavior will of course be highly respected by all who respect authoritative standards, professional ethics, and moral guidelines; for such are basically conservative in nature, rather than personally dedicated to promoting uninhibited dialogue. So long as respected scientists all behave professionally in traditional terms, so long will scientists be alienated. Alienation is the essence of evil. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================
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