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Letter: Scientism, science perilously different

 

August 25, 2021



Editor:

Science is one of the greatest intellectual enterprises ever developed. Science is systematized knowledge subjected to rigorous exploration and testing, applied to areas where it has demonstrated value as a body of knowledge and practice for purposes that include obtaining observable, factual, testable explanations for and predictive models of the natural world.

Scientism, on the other hand, is a form of philosophy, not science, and so has many types and classes. The Oxford Dictionary defines scientism as “excessive belief in the power of scientific knowledge and techniques.”...



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