Wednesday, September 24, 2014
And so, for the second time in just over a month, I invoke the profound wisdom of The Princess Bride to introduce a post.
Over at The Week, writer Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry discusses our misunderstanding and misuse of the word science.
Really, it seems, we are victims, to one degree or another, of scientism: "a naive gullibility towards science as the ultimate source of all knowledge, denying the uncertainties thereof."
It's very tempting to think of ourselves as scientific when we read and hear and see the effects or results of science, most likely through venues of pop science, without ever really doing science.
There's an astronomically huge difference between the two.
I have three science degrees, have read countless peer-reviewed journal articles, have even been part of some interesting experiments either as subject, lab assistant, or principle researcher.
But at present, I don't do science. I merely observe. And that primarily through secondary and tertiary sources.
And so I watch myself all the more closely lest I fall prey to any of the false, vain, and foolish science-in-name-only ideas currently en vogue. Science falsely so called, as the Apostle termed it.