Hello. I am a scientist. Sometimes I am a professor too. I am an objective
observor of Experiments.
The scientific observor is never really involved in an experiment.
With the utmost care he arranges the experiment so that there are no
outside influences (that can't be precisely corrected for). The objective
scientific observor must never really participate in the experiment
and he must keep his mind coldly objective before, during, and after
With these scientific methods the scientist deceives himself by thinking
that he has eliminated himself from the experiment. He even goes so
far as to eliminate his very act of self-elimination. The scientist
sees himself as in one world totally uninfluenced and unrelated to the
real world. The experiment is in yet another world also unrelated to
the real world.
Just as the scientist must observe only, he must also wait for
the experiment to take its course. Only in that way will his
conclusion be valid. The scientist barely even recognizes that it is
his five senses that ultimately observe.
(speech balloon in top cartoon:
The scientist obtains certain attitudes and engages in certain activities
in the real world that are shaped by his scientific training and discipline.
Furthermore, these attitudes and actions are part of the system's official
If a scientist is to be a good observor, one must observe realitynever,
never change reality. Changing reality must be left to the experts,
For the scientist, his discoveries become laws in themselves
with or without man's existence. For example, "the earth rotates
on its axis" is a fact in itself with no connection between man
and the earth. It is as if knowledge exists by itself without man.
The scientist gives himself or the corporation credit for the new "discovery".
He fails to recognize that the "new discovery" is the product
of the long culmination of man's previous knowledge, technology,
and concrete practice. Occasionally overheard from some scientist or
corporation bureaucrat is the statement, "This is a great step
forward by all mankind." Notice, however, who obtains
the patent, i.e., exclusive rightscertainly not "all mankind".
The scientific experiment in capitalist society is not a creative project
for the benefit of man, but a daily chore, i.e., a job like any other.
I earn a salary, have limited "vacations", and I am expected
to work my way up the bureaucracy through respect for superiors, i.e.
AUTHORITY. That is why, Chumly, the student, as a future scientist,
has to be processed in his courses for a job.
In other words, you mean that the student has to be deformed
in the university so that he is well pre-formed for his job.
In the context of a positivistic university, if knowledge has a thing-like
character then it can best be communicated to students by using authoritarian
forms of teaching, e.g., tests, grades, required attendance, and no
critique of method or content by anyone.
In conclusion, the adherence to the myths of the observor's objectivity
and Science's "neutrality" in a society based on exploitation
leads to: 1) a dominated, submissive population of consumers and spectators;
2) the rationalization of an irrational system. The myth can only be
shattered by concrete actions leading to a total transformation
of society and an end to the poverty of daily life.
SOURCE: Observorman. 196?. 8 pp.: ill.; 22 cm. Copy also held
in Michigan State University Libraries, Special Collections Division, Comic
Art Collection, "Educational Comic Books", Call no.: Q182.3.M3 1960z.
Jeff Schmidt on Ideology
and Revolutionary Change" by Edward DAngelo
on Marxism and Science
of/in the Natural Sciences
Edited by Hilary Rose and Steven Rose
of Theory and Practice: Selected Bibliography
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