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A “thought experiment”, for those curious as to the scientific character of their attitudes: add sugar to a cup of coffee, without fully dissolving it.  As you drink the coffee, can you taste the sugar as it swirls in the coffee?  Can you taste the coffee around the sugar? Simultaneously?  What order is there to the experience of drinking the coffee?  Now, as for the scientificity involved in this activity, consider that the quantities involved in the manufacture of the beverage are exact only as regards their order; this order serves as an ideality retroactively discernible through the sensations of drinking the coffee.   

That is to say, one discovers in the coffee what one has put into it: and this in a fashion materially detatchable from its preparation. The experience of drinking a similar coffee prepared by another hand, registering the Brownian motion of the sugar and the specific properties of the coffee, would be exactly the same — the contents of the beverage are empirically but exactly discovered.  And by considering this coffee as exemplary of the experimental preparation, one may conclude that the characteristic element of scientific experience captured by this experiment is the absence of “time-consciousness” regarding conventional determinants of experience, proprieties such as govern the interpretation of events in society.   

In such a way, the spiking of a concern from phenomenology leads us to a proper appreciation of the scientific standpoint: such considerations as we still find compelling, once questions of material goodness of inference (appositeness) are jettisoned.