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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.} ========================================================== %REFLEXIVE IDEALS VALUES POINT OBJECTIVE SCIENTIST 890901 Thoroughly objective scientists focus their attention only upon objective realities; and believe that all important realities are inherently and essentially objective. They believe that in the final analysis all real things are made up of objectively real elementary particles behaving in accordance with objectively verified laws of natural process. All things that are real are to them objective things, like objects; not inherently or essentially personal, referring to personal qualities. Scientists have ideals and values which focus their attention upon objects and objectivity. Scientists seek to be thoroughly objective in their approach to all realities. Many of them appear to come close to perfection in that endeavor. Ideals and values pertain to the self who embodies and affirms them. Ideals and values set the context for future judgments about the self who embodies and affirms them; they are inherently and essentially reflexive. Because ideals and values are inherently and essentially reflexive they are not objective realities; and we cannot be objective about our ideals and values. Scientists who believe that they are being objective about their ideals and values are playing collusive games of mutual self deception regarding those non-objective realities which are most real and important to them. They are not being honest with themselves or with others. Scientists who behave as if their ideals and values were objective realities are similarly playing collusive games of mutual self deception regarding their own realities. They do not honestly own and claim their ideals and values as their own; pretending instead that their own ideals and values are somehow separated from and independent of them, objectively real. They are not honest about themselves to themselves or to others. They lack personal and communal integrity. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================