Objectivity is the recognition of reality as the ultimate
standard of evaluation.
It is the acceptance that all knowledge is knowledge about reality.
It is the only means of determining the truth.
The concepts of true and false are only meaningful in reference to reality.
Objectivity is the act of referencing reality in determining the truth.
It is the act of founding one's knowledge on reality, and making one's thoughts
and ideas conform to it.
To be objective, reality must be an explicit standard to be compared to.
Objectivity is the process of actively comparing one's thoughts to reality, and this can
only be accomplished if the purpose of the comparison is identified.
The purpose, of course, is to set the standard for validity.
It is a common mistake to believe that one cannot be objective if one has a personal stake involved
The implication is that the emotion or motivation necessarily prevents one to be accurate.
Since objectivity is the act of conforming one's thoughts to reality, it should be clear
that this is possible regardless of any influences.
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