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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.} ========================================================== %DISCERN BIASED PARADIGM SHIFTS SUCCESSFUL WORKERS+020406 %RELATIONSHIPS PREJUDICE DIFFERENCES COMPLEMENTARY+020406 %LIBERATION FREEDOM SECURITY VULNERABILITY LOVERS+020406 %SCIENCE OBJECTIVITY REFLEXIVITY SUBJECTIVITY GOD 020406 How can we discern biased paradigm shifts? When people who perceive themselves as being "successful" as workers WITHIN ONE PARADIGM ---seek to shift work context and work WITHIN A DIFFERENT REALM of relationships --- still using their "successful" paradigm --- how are we to discern if their WORK WITHIN THE DIFFERENT REALM is without bias; or with very fundamental bias? What about people who have been successful using a familiar paradigm WITHIN ONE REALM OF RELATIONSHIPS --- who try to shift to USING A DIFFERENT PARADIGM --- but still within the same realm of relations --- how are we to discern if their WORK WITHIN A DIFFERENT PARADIGM is without bias; or with some very fundamental bias? How do paradigms and realms of relationships differ? What are the features which are relatively common in some, but not in others? Consider for example: 1. Measurements, arithmetic, algebra, calculus and even more abstract forms of mathematics. 2. The use of machines; e.g., mechanical, electrical, electronic, computational, robotic, etc. 3. Relationships between inanimate objects and processes. 4. Processes which are virtually unaffected by human interventions; taking place with virtually no back and forth interaction with humans or other living creatures; e.g. in distant stars and galaxies. 5. Processes which are constantly interacting with humans back and forth over and over. 6. Relationships which are essentially reflexive; in which humans are constantly reflecting upon their participations within the relationships; e.g., business, religious, sexual, political, economic, military, theatrical, musical, dramatic, . . . 7. Relationships between humans and: myths, histories, cosmologies, religious doctrines, confessional statements, rituals, athletic contests, their enemies, etc. 8. Extensive use of print media; writing, reading, publishing, email, etc. 9. Extensive use of visual presentation media: movies, stages, video, ballet, dance, etc. 10. Presentations of scenes of violence and destruction. 11. Presentations of scenes of healthy intimacy and/or sexual relationships. 12. The use of extensive training and apprenticeships as in professional work. 13. The use of tools of deception, secrecy, magic, mystery, and mis-representation. 14. The participation of persons in a paradigm which leads them to participate in healthy inter-personal relationships; or leads them to become involved in un- healthy inter-personal relationships. Keeping the above differences in mind can help us discern what there is about paradigms (and people who work within paradigms) which make for some bias which is not recognized, checked for, and/or compensated for. Claiming to be free of bias may on occasions be a warning sign that bias is being kept hidden. Be aware of and beware of paradigms and people who claim that they are free of bias. They may be unaware of biases because they are playing collusive games of mutual self deception about how superior they are; both in extent and manner of being superior. Arrogance and self-righteousness are signs of danger. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================