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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %SCIENCE OF MADNESS POSSIBLE? 861011 Scientists are dedicated to: (1) objectivity, (2) reductionistic analysis, (3) discovery of cause/effect relationships, (4) the study of realities which exist independently from scientists, (5) increasing predictability, (6) increasing the possibility of control. In their efforts to fulfill their dedication to the above, scientists have typically engaged in behaviors which entail much: (1) manipulation, (2) measurement, (3) computation, (4) abstraction, (5) depersonalization, (6) specialization, (7) fragmentation,and (8) isolation. In the light of the above, what are the likely consequences of scientists focusing their attention upon what they perceive to be the peculiar aspects of other human beings' behaviors, within the broad context of communities in turmoil, because of revolutionary developments which have been triggered by the discoveries and thought patterns injected into human communities by scientists themselves? Many of the peculiar behaviors may in fact be occasioned by scientists' discoveries and the social revolutions initiated by their ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. To what extent can scientists' study their intended subject objectively? Can reductionistic analysis lead to understanding within the context of the study? Can causes and effects be isolated from each other in meaningful ways? Do the subjects of analysis exist apart from the subjects engaged in the analysis? Is it reasonable to assume that the kind of understanding which is likely to follow from this behavior will lead to highly predictable behavior on the part of the subjects of the study? Who will gain greater control over the end of the process? In dealing with problematic human behaviors which of the following characteristic behavior patterns of scientists are helpfully appropriate: (1) manipulation, (2) measurement, (3) computation, (4) abstraction, (5) depersonalization, (6) specialization, (7) fragmentation, (8) isolation. Which kinds of behavior which are rarely characteristic of scientists are often helpful in dealing with problematic human behavior patterns? Is it possible that scientists' characteristic paradigms may be inappropriate for dealing with the problems of "mad" people in many contexts? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================