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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.} ========================================================== %REDUCE WHOLE CONTEXT ELEMENTARY OBJECT ANALYZE 920726 How we regard an object, person, group, relationship or culture depends critically upon the nature of our approach; what we take for granted in considering the object, person, group, relationship or culture. Jack is considering how John is considering Jill; each considering the possible relationships, connections and activities which are possible. Jill is aware of Jack's and John's considerations. John and Jack are both aware of each other's considerations; and of Jill's awareness, and of her considerations. Each communicates their own considerations with each other in tacit, indirect and unspoken ways; yet there is a great deal of mutual understanding and confidence in that understanding. Jack, John and Jill also consider what their friends, families, associates, church members, professional organizations, clients, customers, and others might think and feel---were they aware of their mutual considerations; and if they fulfilled their dreams, visions, imaginations and desires. As we consider Jack, John, Jill and their context; what we assume, think, and feel depends upon what we have taken for granted about the nature of their relationships, considerations and context. If we are compulsively analytic and avoid all reflexive considerations we may think in terms of the elementary particles which make up the bodies of Jack, John, Jill and the objects in their environment. We may ask how each elementary particle relates to each other elementary particle in terms of charge, mass, magnetic moment, spin, angular momentum, linear momentum, force, energy, position, velocity, and acceleration. It is unlikely that we will succeed in being purely analytic. We are likely to be reflexive as well as analytic; and be affected by our considerations of the considerations which we have assumed Jack, John and Jill have been involved in. How we consider Jack, John and Jill will depend upon what we have assumed about the nature of the relationships in which Jack, John and Jill are involved: Familial, classroom, religious, business, political, professional, work-place, retail, construction, scholarly, educational, athletic, scientific, research, counseling, friendship, intimate, spiritual and/or sexual. What we think, feel and judge depends to a large extent upon the nature of our assumptions; the extent depending in turn upon our level of ignorance about Jack, John, Jill and their relationships. The less we know and the more that we have assumed; the greater the extent that what we think, feel and judge will depend upon our assumptions---rather than upon realities which are external to us. Our level of objectivity and bias will thus depend primarily upon how well informed we are about the personal relationships between Jack, John and Jill; and upon how accurate our assumptions have been as we have approached our consideration of the three persons and their relationships. How well informed we can be about the three people and about their personal relationships will depend upon how fully we have participated in reflexive relationships with the three people. If our relationships with them have been exclusively objective relationships---observing objectively from an emotionally detached distance---we are likely to be quite ignorant, and our reflexive considerations of the three people will be dominated by our uninformed assumptions. If our relationships with them have been purely conjectural and speculative; perhaps even only hypothetical, then our reflexive considerations of the three people will be determined fully by our uninformed assumptions. These considerations which have been offered here suggest the extent to which compulsive objectivity (in which scientists are compulsively trained) forms an inadequate foundation for the building of social sciences to wisely deal with human beings engaged in reflexive relationships---which include the relationships between/among the scientists and the subjects who are the objects of their scientific analysis and teaching. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================