Letter: Scientism, science perilously different


August 25, 2021


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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