Always the oddball what I think is perhaps not popular amongst many
folks: I believe that the facts do not come to us "brute" or
"bare"...Rather facts are theory-laden and theories (bodies of knowledge)
are value-laden and therefore the facts themselves are also value-laden.
At the same time, I am quite a realist...just so you know.
(A bit of philosophical jargon is used in this sentence, i.e., the
terms carry a lot of connotations that may not be immediately
apparent, but I am too lazy to spell things out.) Good
science is science infused with good values. That is, there isn't biasless
science/knowledge nor are there biasless seekers of knowledge/scientists.
Rather, there are knowledges and knowledge seekers with good biases. Now
of course, what's "good" is a whole other question.
I know someone's going to say, explain yourself. But, I doubt I'll want to
say much more. This topic went round and round my brain for several years
and I am taking a breather from it. I've set it down for awhile. Really
read some of the massive literature out there... If you like it try
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