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Truth and Consequences

julie miller

on 25 February 2013

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Transcript of SCIENTISM

Examples of Scientism Bertrand Russell said this: “Whatever knowledge is attainable, must be attained by scientific methods; and what science cannot discover, mankind cannot know.”

Peter Atkins said this: “There is no reason to suppose that science cannot deal with every aspect of existence.”

Stephen Hawking said this: "Almost all of us must sometimes wonder: Why are we here? Where do we come from? Traditionally, these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead,” he said. “Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge."

Alex Rosenberg said this:“There is only one way to acquire knowledge, and science’s way is it. And not just science in general, but physics in particular." What do you mean by that? Scientism - the claim that only science can give us truth about the world and reality. In other words, science has the absolute and only justifiable access to truth and knowledge. What do you mean by Science? Ian Hutchinson from MIT Questions for Discussion Do scientists sometimes oversell their expertise and overstate their claims? For example, embryonic stem cell research.

With the advances in genetics, are there ethical issues that need to be addressed?

What does good public policy require besides scientific expertise? In other words, can science determine things like: what is the goal of 'progress', what is the good of man, is this just, and what things are worth having at what price?

Do you think that generally people today have a blind deference to scientific authority?

Is it true that science is more capable, even singularly capable, of answering the questions that once were addressed by philosophy?

Why isn't the foundation of eugenics complete nonsense on the Darwinian view? If the 'unfit' are reproducing like rabbits and out-producing the genteel classes, then why would you propose to stop them (on a Darwinian view)? They are the most fit for survival. Truth and Consequences SCIENTISM Can Science Account for Everything? Does Science have a monopoly on Knowledge? C.S. Lewis The Case Against Scientism "Scientism appears to have as much in common with superstition as it does with properly conducted scientific research. Scientism claims that science has already resolved questions that are inherently beyond its ability to answer." Austin L. Hughes, Carolina Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. The Magician's Twin
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