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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %THEORETICALLY EXCLUDED EXPERIENCES 880114 Disintegration follows when any presumably comprehensive system for understanding fails to provide within the system a meaningful place for experiences which are personally felt to be important. If a system claims to offer a comprehensive way to meaningful human understanding, it can validate that claim only by meaningfully offering to integrate all human experiences in a coherent way into personally meaningful communal life. If a system refuses to deal with certain classes of human experiences, it is in no position to make a respectable claim to be comprehensive in a meaningful way. Scientists refuse to deal meaningfully with subjective human experiences; thus scientists cannot in a meaningful way claim to be offering a comprehensive way of understanding. Their pretensions lead to the alienation of subjective life from objective life, to instructional difficulties in science education, and to manipulative arms races in addictive and futile attempts to control subjective life through objective means. Scientists confuse the issues through their pretensions of having a better way to understanding than others have. The confusion is the confusion of an addiction. The confusion leads to crises which occasion people to call upon the experts, who created the crisis, for advice on how to deal with the subjective crises; and the advice from the creators of the crises perpetuate the crisis mentality and the habits of the hearts of the people who perpetuate crises. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================