Objectivity implies impartiality, neutrality or detachment. Look up the antonym for objectivity in any Thesaurus and you will find that the word is “subjectivity.” That expression is synonymous with bias, prejudice and devotion to a cause. Its antonym is in turn listed as objectivity.

In the world of medicine, an arena in which I have over 52 years of clinical experience, subjective things are the sensations that patients feel and about which they complain to a physician, but which in reality may or may not be proven to have an objective cause. We physicians make what are known in the profession as SOAP notes in the patient’s chart or electronic medical record. That acronym is based upon the notion of subjectivity juxtaposed by objectivity. The letter S represents the patient’s symptoms, the things he or she feels (I.e. headache, anxiety, nausea); the subjective complaints. Additionally, O represents the objective signs found by a physician on physical examination or diagnostic studies (I.e. a brain tumor, an over active thyroid gland or a duodenal ulcer). The letter A identifies the physician’s assessment, his or her presumptive diagnosis of the probable etiology of the symptom/sign complex and under P the physician lists the plans to prove and/or treat the presumptive opinion named in A.

In the science classrooms of our nation‘s public schools, when it comes to objective evidence for the subjective feelings of the teacher regarding origins, only one point of view is presented, implying prejudice or bias. The O in COPE, the acronym on behalf of Citizens for Objective Public Education, stresses the fact that truly dedicated teachers will present all sides of a controversial issue and not allow the student to be swayed by the instructor’s personal opinion. Currently, in the biology classroom, the theory of Darwinian macro-evolution is subjectively taught as a fact to the exclusion of all other opinions. The Objective evidence for that subjective opinion is sadly lacking. If the theory of evolution were on trial for a crime of verity (that is being true) there would be insufficient evidence to convict it.