Thursday, March 24, 2005

Unicity of opinion

The whole strike against the 103M$ cut in education leads me to another questioning. You see I've seen and heard numerous time since the begining of the problem people for a strike saying that those not of their opinion where not informed (going on to say that they shouldn't be a campus wide vote because too many uninformed people would vote!). From that I'm lead to think that given the same information everyone should arrive to the same conclusion and that if they do not its either because they are fascist or that they still lack information.

Why is that? why can't the same information be interpreted in two or three or a million different way? True, scientifically there are probably only one "right" way to interprete a set of data, however most (and it should be all) scientific data are collected using controled experiment (or at least controled observation). This control limits the influence of "unwanted" variable in the experiment. In real life not only are the experiment not controled (or the observation) but the information are from 95% to 100% of the time bias toward one side or the other, if they are not simply disinformation. Then there are the interpreters, each and everyone of us as different (something not by much but I don't belive there is anywhere in the world two sets of people with exactly the same) values, all information and all conclusion are influenced by these value. Given the almost infinite variation of background, social interaction, parent influence, conscious decision how can we honestly expect a single opinion to be shared between everyone? Shouldn't we at least ask if a single opinion is safe to have? You know by cutting all opinion except our own aren't we just closing ourself up to change and life?

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