OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
“Agreed, science is not always mathematical but is usually more systematic than ordinary observation, with a concerted effort either to avoid or to compensate for subjective biases.”
If you could leave off the “effort either to avoid or to compensate for subjective biases” we would be in agreement. Bias is a concern if one is seeking objectivity. Objectivity is not the aim of all systematic study.
Here is a short post at the Duck of Minerva that may illustrate the difference between what I am talking about and what you are talking about. Its called “Two Philosophers Shoveling Snow.” http://duckofminerva.blogspot.com/2010/02/two-philosophers-shoveling-snow.html.
Basically, the difference between what you are saying and what I am saying is this: while you seem to be under the impression that I am talking about subjective idealism, I am not. I am talking about a relational understanding of the world, not an understanding based on a subjective/objective dualism. Or as one of the characters in the Two Philosophers link above says: “I’m not conforming my mind to something mind-independent; I’m just doing what is appropriate under the circumstances.”