Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
Steven Pinker dismisses "scientism" as a canard: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114127/science-not-enemy-humanities
Here is a response to his piece by Massimo Pigliucci:
Do you have a dog in this fight?
Can't we all just get along🙂
Can you help with some of the terms? Postmodernism and Dogmatic Relativism, what are they? Pigliucci talks about the self inflicted wound of postmodernism but what is it exactly?
He also says that there are pluses and minuses in science but I think he misplaces the moral judgement about some of the misuses such as the current crisis with climate change. He blames technology for that and that technology is certainly at fault but the continued use of that same technology such as burning fossil fuel and the present mire of fracking, those are techniques forced on the public by politicians and industrialists who want to hold the status quo above all else, keep the money flowing to industry and politics and everything will work out in the end, which is clearly a load of BS. We are headed for a climate cliff which we will certainly fall over if the status quo is the goal.
Do philosophy students actually score higher on academic tests?
I think some of the objections to science lies in jealousy in that the sciences REQUIRE huge financial resources and that obviously leaves less to the humanities. But isn't that a societal problem where the politicians are in charge of the direction of academia?
One hopes that science can get us out of the present dilemma of climate change, that is the largest threat to civilization world wide since the Chixulub asteroid strike and may have similar consequences.
If we cannot solve that problem and wean ourselves of fossil fuels of all types, and use oil for what it is supposed to be used for, lubrication, then we will find the 22 and 23rd century a dismal place indeed.