> As far as the history and philosophy of science go, which are
> what underlie this discussion, I think there is room for some
> clarification. The pure dichotomy doesn't exist, but science as
> [a] historical force does have real connections to and roots in positivism
> (which we might call reductionist) and so in a world view which
> privileges the quantifiable aspects of reality.
Perhaps the ultimate quantifiable aspect & world view is for each to quantify
reality using his or her own life as the measuring stick.
> Science, I think, is
> moving past that, as noted above, towards recognition of intuition,
> whole systems, relative objectivity...and the need to admit that human
> beings live in a world of qualities as well as numbers.
Quality variations present endless possibilities but in the end, each moment
is an absolute, dedicated to eternity by whoever decided to live it.
> The fact
> remains, however, that science has a lot to live down; we can't pretend
> that the uses and abuses of technology don't have anything to do with
> science and the scientific world view.
Take the reins, whoever can, and put your beliefs in practice. It's also the
best way to test those beliefs.
Douglas M. Hinds
Centro para el Desarrollo Comunitario y Rural A.C. (CeDeCoR)
(Center for Community and Rural Development) - (non profit)
Cd. Guzman, Jalisco 49000 MEXICO
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