Misperception and Reality

Fred Eidlin

Fred Eidlin is a Professor of Political Science. He was on the faculty of the University of Guelph (Canada) for 38 years, and currently lectures at Charles University and the University of Life Sciences in Prague, and at several universities in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Latvia. He is interested in foundational problems of the social sciences, especially where inquiry runs into difficulties, and in political development in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. DESCRIPTION: Many mistakes result from faulty assumptions and faulty perception, and can sometimes be avoided by paying more attention to what is taken for granted. This is true, not only for ordinary people in their everyday lives, but also for governmental decision making, and even the advanced natural sciences. I have always been fascinated by such mistakes, and by dogmatic adherence to faulty assumptions, even at the heights of government and in the advanced natural sciences. The study of Russia and other post-Soviet republics is fraught with misperception and faulty assumptions.

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