About Scientism: “Seeing is Unbelieving”

A quick, high-yield read in the NY Times’ estimable Sunday Book Review today . . . well-written, insightful, nuanced, and informative – qualities all of us value and enjoy in an article. Back in the day I might have added, with a straight face, “fair and balanced.” But as you know, that perfectly legitimate phrase has been misappropriated and corrupted by the right-wing @$$holes at Faux News to the point that it may never be rehabilitated (except as a joke) in our lifetimes and to the lasting detriment of the American language.

I love science but not the smug pretentiousness of scientism. It is not helpful and reminds me of evangelicalism. It violates the cautious skepticism and the desire to get things right that lie at the heart of good science.

Phillip Kitcher is one impressive dude, and he gets it just right. IMHO, as always.

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About SJ

I'm an older married guy, a former college psychology instructor and editor at a national magazine. Every stage of my very full life has been dominated by a passionate interest – from chess to distance running to photography (my current interest). I write under a pseudonym because the opinions I express, particularly about religion, might very well cause problems for my wife and me. I plan to "come out" after she retires. In the meantime, I'll do my best to defend and promote science and reason and to help keep power out of the hands of the proto-fascists who have declared war on just about everything I value.

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