Here's a basic dictionary meaning of the word"
as·sum·ing. verb (used with object) 1. to take for granted or without proof: to assume that everyone wants peace. Synonyms: suppose, presuppose;
I have found many times when replying or posting different topics on ATS, that many people assume things about me, about what I meant, or about my
motivations, when in fact, none of those assumptions were ever true.
I also found that in life, everytime I myself assumed something, it was usually not the case or it got me in trouble. For example I assumed a girl
liked me because she was talkative and nice and smiled alot at me, and she ended up engaged. Or another girl I assumed didn't like me, but secretly
did want to date me. Or I assumed at work that the one guy who always talked bad about alot of people, was also talking bad about me, but he actually
liked working with me, etc etc.
Another interesting thing about the assumptions that go on within science; I will quote a fellow ATS'er "Openlocks":
science is entirely based upon agreed assumptions. Many scientists hate to admit that because they like to jockey around on this notion of pure
objectivism, but who are they kidding? No one but themselves. I'll tell you this, in the setting I work in, which is around all sorts of scientists,
there is no shortage of dogmatism, confusion and misunderstandings. Many agreed upon assumptions have less to do with empirical data then it does with
politics and funding and personalities. Most of the data is entirely up for interpretation anyways. It is crazy at times.
I do feel that assumption is necessary in regards to theories, ideas, possibilities, and so forth all within certain context, but what ends up
happening many times is instead of assuming and having that assumption be a mere possibility among many others, many folks entirely take an assumption
to be either the only one and or take it to be a truth.
This causes all sorts of problems in all of life and all of it's branches including science, religion, relationships, workplace, etc etc.
So how do I remedy this? I try to stay as neutral as possible. I have views, ideas, theories, and many experiences that I share and post about here on
ATS, but as far as everyone else I try to stay neutral and not assume or judge anyone and tat usually is the safest bet.