Editorial 79: Real or fake realities
When observing the facts, reasonable doubts appear, apart from the reliability of our senses, about what reality is true and what reality is fictitious...
The observation of nature is the basis of research activity, in sciences traditionally considered fundamental.
But when observing the facts, reasonable doubts appear, apart from the reliability of our senses, about what reality is true and what reality is fictitious.
Scientists have been able to classify reality into three large groups:
- True reality: these are real natural facts without affectation or influences.
- Latent or underlying reality: these are real natural facts that remain hidden behind or form part, not apparent, of another reality.
- Imposed reality: it is an artificial reality, feigned or unnatural.
Investigating true facts is stimulating and rewarding since the advances that are made, in the knowledge of their origin, are important for science and scientists.
Investigating latent or underlying facts, in addition to being stimulating and rewarding, is challenging since discovering something that influences other phenomena means a double advance. It is something similar to genius (a genius is someone who presents a solution to a problem that nobody knew that existed).
But researching fake, artificial events cannot be considered research in the strict sense. In this way, investigating fake facts is situated between error and voluntary or involuntary manipulation.
The same happens in the sciences of human or social behavior.
Investigating true facts such as the influence of biological phenomena of development, reproduction or disease on behavior should be stimulating and rewarding. But research on imposed social realities is situated between error and manipulation.
A great twentieth-century communicator Manuel MartĂn Ferrand (12/11/1940 to 08/30/2013) warned about this when he wrote: “Apart from family, education, business, health, university and the army, the other things are unnecessities to which is given an importance that they do not have”.
From Veterinaria Digital we encourage researchers in the agricultural sector and managers and workers of agricultural companies, to focus their attention on true, underlying realities and to be vigilant about the imposed realities especially, as Manuel MartĂn pointed out in some scientific and general media.