MNQ | Monday’s Noontide Query: Personal Ideology
We would all like to imagine that we think and act objectively, motivated by common sense and rationality, but I suspect that despite this, we are all very much ruled by our personal ideologies, political, religious, economic and so on, those set of worldviews, subjective systems of beliefs, assumptions, and values unique and deeply important to all of us.
My own ideology places a high premium on reason, evidence, and to the extent it may be found, a concern for the truth born out by the whatever the facts turn out to be.
I operate on the assumption that the world is comprehensible, that it is knowable, real, and to an extent, uniform — changing, but doing to according to descriptive natural laws more or less well understood.
I’m quite aware that these are assumptions, and that I cannot fully logically justify them, but they are assumptions that for now seem to work very well, so I bite the proverbial bullet and dismiss my need for certainty in my understanding of the world, allowing that I may only know anything at all as more or less probable, not certainly, not definitively.
Without the need for full certainty in my knowledge, I set my sights low and prevent disappointment when that lofty goal of complete closure cannot be had.
And it most consistently cannot…
After all, why give up tools that continue to give results, to achieve my objectives so reliably as they have without reason?
Why dismiss the value of reason and evidence as means of assessing what we can really say we know?
Part of critical thinking is being aware of and working to compensate for the biases that come with most ideologies, using methodological, not philosophical, skepticism to offset them if not eliminate them as factors that could confound any attempt to inquire into matters objectively.
After all, that’s the whole point of double-blind testing in science — to control for bias and vested interest which could skew the results of a study, and it’s not something that only scientists can do, but any of us can if we take the time and effort to learn.
To what extent do you think any objectivity is possible despite personal ideology.
Do you feel that all objectivity is fatally unattainable, that all is bias?
Do you think that any ideology can truly be conducive to objective understanding?
If so, which one, and why?
MNQ is a question that I pose to you, my readers, and is posted each Monday at 12:00 PM. Do feel free to comment, and don’t worry yerselves overmuch… I’m not an ogre and I don’t bite…much.