glenn123 asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 8 years ago

Can we have an observation without a judgment? seems like you need one. And I'm using 'judgment' to mean an opinion or a conclusion. But on the other hand, if you were having an experience that didn't make any sense whatsoever, could you observe it without scrutinizing it at all?

What do you think?

Please elaborate.


I understand what you guys are saying about objectivity. But I'm trying to get deep at the core here...and suggest that even if, for a split second, you try to identify something, your mind orients itself; you're making a judgment on it.

17 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    You always have a frame of reference in your minds eye.

    It's fine to observe life without seeming to react outwardly.

    It's quite impossible to close off all emotion, thought and body activity, while watching life go on around you.

    Life compels you to participate in it, and judgement is necessary for both the individual and the collective.

    How else will you change the world?

    Your slightest thought alters the universe.

  • 8 years ago

    I don't know...most things we observe fall under the conclusions of either 'I know' or 'I don't know' so that pretty much rules almost everything out.

    However, by observing the theory of Schrodinger's cat, it has two possible answers which could be subject to an opinion as to what happened, but never a 100% conclusion. In addition, most people choose not to have an opinion on the matter and accept that both possibilities are reasonably valid.

    *Also, note that drawing a conclusion as to 'accepting both possibilities' does not count as drawing a conclusion towards the cat's actual fate.

    Source(s): Nevertheless, maybe this scenario counts or maybe it doesn't...great question! EDIT: Nope. I'm wrong...we also draw the conclusion towards the cat's fate of 'I don't know,' which excludes it altogether. I tried. (;
  • 8 years ago

    yes you have them all the time, you observe the wind but do you judge it. No because you know its the wind. Whats to judge?

    Now in regards to having judgement towards others or situations others are in, its possible to not have a judgement but rather observe the situation for what it is. To observe without scrutinizing though, takes alot of patience but it is something that is plausible.

    The problem is the ego wants in and thats where the scrutinizing comes in, making it hard to have an observation without a judgement. If you can just observe a situation, you can understand the situation better without applying the judgement. That is becasue judgement clouds the mind as to what is actually happening, kinda of like jumping to conclusions; putting that mental block in your head, instead of just simply seeing it for what it is.

    Source(s): Wisdom
  • small
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    I agree with your view........ we say we observed something only when we have taken it in.... this process of taking in can not happen in the initial form of the sensitory input; it needs to be converted into an intelligent understanding or identity before it can be taken in.... something akin to conversion of information into knowledge which is essential before we can know anything. If we observe but don't make our mind dwell on it to convert the input into 'knowledge-data', it would be the same as not having observed.... the conversion into knowledge can happen only by applying a judgment and drawing one or more conclusions (these conclusions could simply be like... it is big or small, it is red or blue, it is moving or stationary etc. etc. and need not necessarily be opinions or ideas that can be debatable... judgment is necessary for all these conclusions, whether factual or opinionated).

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    It is the balance between objectivity and subjectivity.

    A judgment will occur if the "objective" ends up having a direct influence up on you; or, as in your premise, if the objective defied your understanding. You would then try to ascertain why this has occurred by proffering an opinion or conclusion based on your limited observations.

  • 8 years ago

    My theory is we as Humans have 3 completely pure archetypal types of psychological responses to our environment: Pain, Pleasure, and Neutrality, that is to say we either have a negative feeling/emotion/thought, a positive feeling/emotion/thought, or nothing. I think that even if you are left with nothing to scrutinize, you still are able to scrutinize the nothing in which you inhabit. So when you make an observation, you will have either one of those responses, but either way you will still have a response.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    That mite be something we do only in our 1st few moments after birth. After that u start arming yourself. What does not make sense often gets drafted as nonsense or amazingly mindbogling. But all hope is not lost as there are some very open minded people out there. Maybe some scientist. Also, depends if judging has only a negative side or positive side too, as in, is "amazing" a judgement?

  • 8 years ago

    Math is not judgmental, it's factually true. Judgment is always displayed in today's society and even in the past. Saying anything without evidence to back it up is judging, opinions are judgments too even if you have evidence of someone's behavior or conduct. Why? You aren't allowed to morally justify what is correct and incorrect without a singularity or "god". We just have order vs chaos theory and establish non-violence in laws to control society, one of the main roles of religion and politics. You're influenced so hard by the media and your peers they hope to make an impact in your life, but you're to choose your own destiny and not let anybody judge you. "Only god can judge you".

  • 8 years ago

    It is possible to observe something without judgement only if what you see does not create an impression.

    The more one's attention and thoughts linger upon the observation, the more likely one would pass judgment.

  • Prema
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Whenever there is perception coming into the mind, there is a conflict. The mind's nature is to accept or reject. Then the intelligent must make a judgment. Manas, or Mind is the locus of habit, of normal thinking, feeling and willing according to one’s established mind-set. Buddhi, or intelligence, is the higher faculty of discrimination and judgement; it determines mind-sets and comes to the fore when we undergo observations.

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