Is scientific literacy helpful for the objectivity of thought? Human thinking is very important for almost everything in human life. However, what I think is not always right! Our thinking is not healthy, nor good enough in many cases. It is easily twisted and contaminated by many factors. One of them is human emotion that is not properly controlled, but rather prompts us to react to people, events and situations, before trying to think. How can we solve this problem or make progress in human thinking in the right direction?

In our daily life we see a lot of violence, but we don’t even recognize it as violence. We are prone to perceive it as honest expression of opinions. Furthermore these days human emotion gets a lot of attention and importance. However, the order in the process of thinking is important since emotion is to be responsive, not to think and lead. If we are controlled by our feeling without thinking we will make a lot of messes in our lives. Even when we face something that prompts us to react emotionally we have to be able to stop to think first and then respond. We have to learn how to think and respond properly. For that, we need to be objective in seeing things.

In science, we try to find a hidden logic and sometimes this requires our intelligence and patience. We wait and think, trying to find a “why?”, and understand the reason behind things. Here our mind is objective, not subjective. This is a good thing about science study and education. We can learn objectivity from science. And we can form an objective attitude without being emotional more than necessary in the course of studying science. I see many people say they are rational and fair in their thinking and they really seem to believe themselves to be that way. But when they have to make a decision or express their opinion toward a controversial issue in society, they easily become emotional and their opinion is affected by their feeling relating to their former experiences or personal benefits, and they make a decision that is not rational, nor objective but very subjective and biased by personal experiences. Many cases that become violent and disruptive have an inception that is emotional. Emotion has a lot of energy, so it needs to be controlled properly. And one of the best ways to steer emotion is the objectivity of thinking. Where can we obtain the objectivity of our thinking and how is it possible to make this good habit our new nature?

Science can be a good teacher for us to learn how to be objective in thinking. Natural phenomenon shows us some truth that we approach with a sound mind and patience to figure out what is hidden. In this process we use our mind in a way that is objective. The motion of the sun, the moon and other planets reveals their faithfulness to not change their patterns haphazardly, but follow certain rules continuously. This is just one simple example. There are numerous things that are logical and orderly, so we can learn wisdom and a fair mind from natural science. Science makes us think intelligently, deeply and patiently. Through its training we can develop our thinking ability and how to be emotional properly. Then we can be protected from a lot of emotional violence.

Scientific literacy should affect people to be objective, intellectually honest, and morally right.

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Science, emotion and objectivity

Dohee Kim   Women into Science and Engineering Center,Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea

Is scientific literacy helpful for the objectivity of thought? Human thinking is very important for almost everything in human life. However, what I think is not always right! Our thinking is not healthy, nor good enough in many cases. It is easily twisted and contaminated by many factors. One of them is human emotion that is not properly controlled, but rather prompts us to react to people, events and situations, before trying to think. How can we solve this problem or make progress in human thinking in the right direction?

In our daily life we see a lot of violence, but we don’t even recognize it as violence. We are prone to perceive it as honest expression of opinions. Furthermore these days human emotion gets a lot of attention and importance. However, the order in the process of thinking is important since emotion is to be responsive, not to think and lead. If we are controlled by our feeling without thinking we will make a lot of messes in our lives. Even when we face something that prompts us to react emotionally we have to be able to stop to think first and then respond. We have to learn how to think and respond properly. For that, we need to be objective in seeing things.

In science, we try to find a hidden logic and sometimes this requires our intelligence and patience. We wait and think, trying to find a “why?”, and understand the reason behind things. Here our mind is objective, not subjective. This is a good thing about science study and education. We can learn objectivity from science. And we can form an objective attitude without being emotional more than necessary in the course of studying science. I see many people say they are rational and fair in their thinking and they really seem to believe themselves to be that way. But when they have to make a decision or express their opinion toward a controversial issue in society, they easily become emotional and their opinion is affected by their feeling relating to their former experiences or personal benefits, and they make a decision that is not rational, nor objective but very subjective and biased by personal experiences. Many cases that become violent and disruptive have an inception that is emotional. Emotion has a lot of energy, so it needs to be controlled properly. And one of the best ways to steer emotion is the objectivity of thinking. Where can we obtain the objectivity of our thinking and how is it possible to make this good habit our new nature?

Science can be a good teacher for us to learn how to be objective in thinking. Natural phenomenon shows us some truth that we approach with a sound mind and patience to figure out what is hidden. In this process we use our mind in a way that is objective. The motion of the sun, the moon and other planets reveals their faithfulness to not change their patterns haphazardly, but follow certain rules continuously. This is just one simple example. There are numerous things that are logical and orderly, so we can learn wisdom and a fair mind from natural science. Science makes us think intelligently, deeply and patiently. Through its training we can develop our thinking ability and how to be emotional properly. Then we can be protected from a lot of emotional violence.

Scientific literacy should affect people to be objective, intellectually honest, and morally right.

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