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Benjamin Mao Dr. Mogul CPSS225 Objectivity is Social To “Seek truth from facts” is a historic Chinese expression that reformist leader Deng  Xiaoping used to describe economic reform in the People’s Republic during the late 1970s and  early 80s. Instead of adhering strictly to ideology, he believed that one must be pragmatic and  willing to compromise. Facts, therefore, should evolve to fit the situation at hand.  This attitude reflects the message conveyed in the excerpt from Cultures in Science. The  authors claim, quite boldly, that the so­called “facts” are no more than the popular opinions of a  majority of people. Over time, some “facts” are rejected and replaced with new ones. It is  intriguing to hear about “facts” that way since we were taught that the “facts” never change.  Those that did were not “facts”; they were “errors in logic”. The most confusing part of the  chapter comes near the end where the authors discuss the differences between a relativistic  viewpoint of science and a realist one. Honestly, I do not think it really matters since all “facts”  are bound to change at some point. The New York Times article “New Truths That Only One  Can See” only reinforces the claim established, mainly that we see only what we choose to see.  The turbulent early years of Communist China are a testament to that.  The guiding philosophy in China from the 50s to the mid­70s was Maoism, championed  by Mao Zedong. Mao believed that socialism was inevitable in China and that it should be  achieved at any cost. Because Mao had founded Communist China in 1949 and liberated the  country from decades of humiliation at the hands of foreign powers, the masses naturally thought he was a divine being who could do no wrong. They enthusiastically obeyed his every command, whether it was melting pots and pans to make steel during the Great Leap Forward or persecuting Benjamin Mao Dr. Mogul CPSS225 their teachers for being “Counter­Revolutionaries” during the Cultural Revolution. Tens of  millions died from either famine or random acts of violence during this period, and China itself  grew increasingly more chaotic and economically stagnant. After Mao’s death in 1976, Deng  Xiaoping, realizing the failures of the previous two and a half decades, declared that the country  ought to move in a different, more logical direction. No longer did people believe they could  achieve socialism on empty stomachs just because someone told them they could. Their new  goal was to thrive economically.  At the end of the day, facts are ultimately only what we make them to be. How the term  ‘socially acceptable’ manifests itself determines what is fact and what is fiction. Do we dare to  do what is responsible and question authority? Do we dare to “Seek truth from facts”?


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