Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The arrogance of scientism
What is “scientism”? When claims are made that the use of the scientific method is the only mode of reaching knowledge, that it is superior to any other method and these claims reach the levels of an ideology, one can talk of scientism.
Where on earth does the idea come from that science alone has all the answers to the world and its reality? That it is superior to and is the most authoritative of all other ways of understanding the universe? People who see science as the absolute access to “the truth” apparently believe only in what can be identified by the five senses, that which can be measured or calculated in some or other form.
Their reality poses a single dimension, limits reality and disregards a multitude of other realities. One is thankful for those universities that still have departments of social and behavioural “sciences” instead of merely calling them “the humanities”.