What is scientism and why does this matter?

Paarsurrey says:
If you don’t like the word “scientism” then it should not be used to describe about you.

Questionable Motives

debateOne of the more recent internet memes criticizing New Atheists for ‘doing it wrong’ comes in the form of being charged with ‘scientism’. Critics of New Atheists use a couple of versions of this meme to try to discredit those of us who dare to suggest that claims of knowledge about the world should be informed by compelling evidence from the world. But because this suggestion is too easy to defend as it is really practiced in the world by those who use scientific knowledge (and that’s all of us), critics of those intolerant fundamental and philosophically naive New Atheists who supposedly practice this so-called ‘scientism’ take it down one of the two branches of the Straw Man River: the first branch portrays scientism to be another kind of faith (the strong sense), while the second branch confuses the methodology of science with its product (the weak sense), meaning that…

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2 Responses to “What is scientism and why does this matter?”

  1. tildeb Says:

    I don’t particularly care what words others use to describe me (people have the freedom and right to call me whatever names they wish regardless of how much offense I may take), but I take exception of being accused of falling into some school of ‘-ism’ when no such school exists! Then I care because the accusation is baseless and in need of factual correction. We don’t have the right or freedom to just make up whatever claims we like and call them ‘facts’.


    • paarsurrey Says:

      I think it is your right to describe your belief or disbelief; if you don’t like the word “scientism” I won’t use it for you.
      Thanks for visiting my blog.


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