In Defense Of ‘Objectivity’

Truth is quite indifferent, happily so, to the Subject and its pretenses.

What is it about this word ‘Objective’? Why does everybody and his aunt want to be ‘Objective’?

It’s like if you weren’t objective, you believed in Santa Claus [whose hard to locate these days, fearing gender and race discrimination lawsuits]. Even Art Critics hint at objective criteria for high-art, known of course only to the Critic.

There is no a priori reason why ‘Objectivity’ is any better than ‘Subjectivity’. It simply reflects the muted suspicion that Truth is independent of me and my views.

The core of the ‘Scientific Stance’ has been around a very long time. The issue is whether you can take it back all the way to ‘True Nothing’. Or will you stop-short at some legitimized terminus?

In the Hindu Tradition it’s at the base of the central directive of the Bhagavad Gita, a Book of War which is a manual on life: ‘Action, without concern for its fruits’. Or less abruptly, ‘Disinterested yet Active Engagement’. As the notion enters the Buddhist texts, it becomes: ‘Meritless Action’ and its numerous synonyms.

Having the Rules laid out won’t help a bit unless the recipient of the Rule is willing to apply them properly. You need to get into the trek with as few preconditions as possible. And in this sense, Western Man broke through Royalty and Religion.

But just as elsewhere and earlier, the gravy-train is slowly grinding to a stop at points beyond which he will not allow it to pass. I’ll get to this subject in a long Post later on. For now see: ‘Hide And Seek’.

A ‘Pale Blue Dot’, they called it. Less than a Pixel; but still not Zero.

Earth, taken from the hugely successful Voyager mission [1990], 6 billion KM away, as it turned its lens inward one last time before entering interstellar space.

To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world‘ noted Carl Sagan a principal scientist on the mission [and never known to be shy at the mike].

What exactly are you looking at when you look through a telescope? The universe does not begin in a distant and cataclysmic ‘Big Bang’. It is less dramatic an event than portrayed by the scientists.