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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.} ========================================================== %PUBLIC POLICY SCIENTISTS META REFLEXIVE RELATIONS 900514 It is important to develop an integrative public policy regarding scientists' reflexive META-: relationships, theories, observations, perceptions, interpretations, self talk, explanations, expectations, experiments and manipulations. In the absence of expectations, hypotheses and theories there can be no meaningful experimental manipulations, observations, perceptions, interpretations and explanations. Objective research is not driven and guided by a reality which is independent of the scientists' engaged in the research. Objective research is driven and guided by the ideas, values, attitudes, personal/communal expectations, hypotheses and theories of scientists as persons who are often participants in their community's dishonest addictive processes. We cannot honestly seek personal and communal integrity in the absence of seeking to develop an integrative public policy regarding scientists' reflexive work, and the manner in which their work may most integratively be supported with public funds. Scientists' work reflects back upon the scientists and upon the codependent public which supports their work. There have been clear objective consequences to scientists and their supportive public due to the "objective" work which scientists and their supportive engineers have done. The consequences reflect back upon the scientists and supporters in non-objective ways. We may point to such consequences with words/phrases such as: Arms race, missile gap, pollution, energy crisis, population explosion, environmental crisis, medical care for the terminally ill, science crisis in education, etc. The technocratic society is an addictive society which is often supportive of scientists and their addictive processes of dishonest manipulations of truths about themselves and others. In an effort to maintain an appearance of integrity for their compulsively objective paradigm, scientists selectively ignore evidence about personal relationships/processes which do not fit well into their impersonal theories. Their self-talk is reflexive talk which is not objective, but is designed to make it appear that they are engaged in exclusively objective behavior. Scientists rarely participate in open and honest dialogue about their reflexive/addictive processes, and how those processes relate to their professional work. The consequence of this avoidance of reflexive dialogue is that scientists are not well informed about themselves or each other as personal participants in the total community, and so neither are their codependent supporters. To understand scientists and how their work relates to the integration/disintegration of persons and communities, we need to examine carefully the ways in which scientists' META-relationships and META-theories drive and guide their work. Without the kind of understanding which may come from such a reflexive examination we are doomed to participate in scientists' disintegrative addictive processes. Scientists' addictive processes are as deadly as are other addictive processes, and are funded with great amounts of public respect and support. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================