Passive Observation And Active Experimentation

1595 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
Without a definite universal definition for passive, active, observation, and experimentation, it is difficult to clearly dichotomize the difference between passive observation and active experimentation. Along with the complexity of human consciousness and behavior, it becomes more apparent to ask whether we can truly separate observation and experimentation when considering the ramifications of human involvement with reality. Despite these complications, we are sure that humans are certainly capable of both. I understand passive observation to be recording and analyzing what can be seen, whereas active experimentation is interacting with and influencing perceived reality in order to test one’s assumptions. With this in mind, knowledge can be achieved through methods concerning a combination of both passive observation and active experimentation. However, there are other ways in which humans can gain knowledge unfitting of the above. Our investigations of the human sciences, religion, and ethics are able to articulate these notions through reasoning, faith, instinct, and intuition. Reasoning is an integral aspect to the process of understanding systems in the sciences - particularly the human sciences. The human sciences are concerned with the study of the human being and often rely upon reasoning to justify its propositions. Deductive reasoning, reasoning from the general to the particular, is passive in nature for observing only the details of a situation and concluding…
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