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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.} ========================================================== %HISTORY OBJECT PERSON COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIP+930730 %REFLEXIVE SCIENTIST TECHNOCRAT FRIEND INTIMATE+930730 %TWO CULTURES DICHOTOMY POLE HUMAN INTIMACY EVIL 930730 In the objective sciences when scientists study objects objectively they rarely are much interested in the history of the objects and/or the history of the materials of which the objects are composed. They are interested in the current condition (state) of the object: its mass, size, shape, composition, structure, density, etc. Only rarely is a discussion of the actual history of the object or its substance an important consideration. In considerations which focus wisely upon humans, human relationships and human communities---a focus upon their histories is absolutely essential to any meaningful understanding of them. A focus upon descriptions of their current conditions (states) is unlikely to occur in which wise considerations without a major role being played by descriptions of their histories. Telling the stories of and about their pasts may be the major way of revealing what can be revealed about their current conditions (states). Thus myths, novels, dramas, fables, etc. often play an important and informative role in such considerations. When scientists who have been trained to be exclusively concerned with objects and objectivity try to play significant roles in human relationships they are likely to bring with them their exclusively objective preoccupations and not understand the importance of histories in human relationships. They do not have a good basis for being in meaningful dialogue with the people with whom they interact; and may find it impossible to really listen and really be in meaningful dialogue because of fundamental differences in the paradigms of scientists and of non-scientists. Scientists and non-scientists come from two different cultures and find it nearly impossible to transcend their dichotomous differences. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================