This-essay is a8102161.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 ========================================================== %ETERNAL LAW SCIENTISTS 810216 How can scientists know eternal laws? Is it possible to know an eternal law with confidence, without oneself being eternal and unchanging? Can a growing scientist know for sure that what he has discovered is unchanging? It would seem that a changing scientist can not be sure that he has come to know unchanging rules of process. How can that which is changeable be the standard of judgment for that which is eternal? Are the swirling ocean waters to serve as a point of reference against which to measure the movement of the Rock of Gibraltar? The man who would be the measure of eternal laws should be less changeable than the laws! Those who deal with presumably eternal laws are tempted to regard themselves as unchanging, and to attempt to be unchanging. They are tempted to regard permanence as a virtue---even in their own character. To the extent that they yield to such temptation they cease to grow, to learn. They cease seeking out new personal relationships which will promote personal growth, and instead engage in the fiction that they are eternal observers---who watch and understand the operations of eternal laws of nature. They yearn to be omniscient, omnipresent, and eternal. To the extent that scientists embody such ideals they are unsuited to be humane teachers relating to growing young people who are prone to challenge traditional impersonal presuppositions, assumptions, metaphysics, epistemologies, and logic. Such challenges are prone to undermine the inflexible foundations of the inflexible scientists and so occasion greater rigidity in the scientists' manner of approach to the challengers. The challenges are not likely to be directly based upon empirical evidence, and so are not likely to be respected by the empirically prone scientists. Challenges based upon hunches, intuition, fantasies, feelings, emotions, and the like---are not respectable to eternal scientists who respect unchanging objects as the most real basis for understanding. Hunches, intuition, fantasies, feelings, emotions and the like are too changeable to be trusted. (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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