If I Had My Way
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Subject: Empower XII - Opinions
David Brooks, on November 15, 2010, posted an anti-science column entitled, "The Two Cultures," in which he wrote:
Many of the psychologists, artists and moral philosophers I know are liberal, so it seems strange that American liberalism should adopt an economic philosophy that excludes psychology, emotion and morality.
Obviously, Mr. Brooks fails to understand the meaning of science.
It is all about opinions
The human brain is a data collection system that processes data and formulates opinions -- aside from managing the human body, formulating an opinion is all that the human brain can do. I want to emphasize that statement -- formulate/generate/create an opinion -- NOT facts and NOT information -- an opinion about all manner of things, but still an opinion, a very biased opinion...
The Scientific process.
Step 1 - Collect data
The Scientific Process is normally restricted to natural phenomena that can be tested by rigid procedures; however, many other areas have been incorporating the concepts to support their developments -- the field of economics being a prominent example.
It is high time to acknowledge a generalized process that can be used to explain other areas of human endeavor.
The Common Sense Process
Step 0 - Establish Purpose
The human brain is a wonderful device (organ): however, it is not perfect -- Just as an hypotheses needs testing along with the assumed editing, an opinion needs validation and editing. Now, you know that -- you don't write a book without an editor (AKA: validation). Why post a blog without some kind of validation??
Well that is what comments should be all about -- emphasizing the word, "should." Validating an opinion is a cooperative process -- a comparing of opinions in an attempt to develop the best opinion. It is NOT a competition, with winners and losers.
Mr. Brooks column is a prime example of a failure in the system -- we are in "competitive mode" -- we are talking past each other, as opposed to talking with each other.
To be continued (I hope)
BTW, in hopes of exciting some discussion I am
posting this page on the following web sites.
Thanks for your time,
Doug Skoglund - firstname.lastname@example.org