From page 139 of the sixth edition of Invitation to Oceanography by Paul R. Pinet:
can taste seawater samples and say qualitatively that this sample
tastes 'saltier' than this other one. But this is a rather subjective
technique, and a SCIENTIST (highlighting mine) needs to know exactly and precisely how salty a parcel of water is."
I think that is rather well put. The difference between science and
everything else is that science is objective and everything else is
subjective. Science is based on fact and everything else is based on
Unfortunately, or fortunately for me, many in the
scientific community adopt subjective opinion as fact. This is a huge
error in thought process that creates arbitrary and ambiguous
limitations in thinking and capability. I believe this inability to
determine fact from fiction is one of the primary reasons why new
technology typically takes a generation or more to become main
Students learn these arbitrary and ambiguous boundaries from
teachers in a cycle of defeat by humiliation. Some teachers become
interested in ideas and encourage the next generation of students to
accept these ideas so some students in the next generation are prepared
to adopt new technologies.
I believe that
what occurs, during the cycle of defeat by humiliation students are
typically subjected to. develops into a near religious like system of
beliefs that students, much like religion taught to children, are
typically unable to shake off during their later life. This system of
religious like beliefs, created by the system of defeat by humiliation
we call education or "schooling", has to be properly developed in
students before new technology can be adopted. We see this in our
studies of continental drift and plate tectonics as well as other scientific theories that took one or two generations to become accepted.
is actually why I am studying Anthropology and Sociology, particularly
the development of religious and religious like beliefs. Academics
often find it necessary to hide their theories for fear other academics
will steal them. This creates another method of defeat by humiliation
in our education system. I doubt if I have to worry about that because
there are way too many arbitrary and ambiguous limitations created in
thinking within the academic system for my ideas to be held as anything more than
"wacked" for a generation or two.
Would it surprise anyone to discover that I think that is hilarious?