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The Blind Spot by William Byers

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Self-Reference: The Human Element in Science

 

 

 

DEEPER INTO AMBIGUITY

Science is divided from life by a built-in gap that is not sufficiently appreciated. Life is lived from the inside out as our subjectivity reaches out, as it were, to the objective world. Science goes in the opposite direction. It brings the outside world into our subjective comprehension. This chapter will bring this gap into sharp relief by introducing the ambiguous situation of the scientist whose presence hides unacknowledged behind most discussions of science. The blind spot and the resulting complexity of my description of science is intimately connected to the need ...

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