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James on dangers of scientism

October 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Comment from James On P.Z. Myers and the loudmouth syndrome.
Being a victim of ideology is all too easy, and yet it is almost mysterious the way they hold their grip on people. Part of the problem is that genuine knowledge requires effort, and is difficult to arrive at. The literature is skewed by subtle bias. In that situation people grap on to a simplifying narrative, and Darwinists are all too eager to provide one.

James said,
October 4, 2007 at 10:11 pm
“Actually these tactics can be successful with the general public.”

The great irony is that the religionists seem to have a far more sophisticated understanding of the history of Darwinian theory, its specifics, and its philosophical implications than the supposedly sophisticated liberal urban elite. It’s simply strange that liberals are easily swayed by the obvious Darwinist propaganda that is spewed from such sources as the New York Times, Newsweek, etc. I’m not sure if the left is simply embracing this Darwinian scientism as a desperate attempt to destroy the religious right or whether they genuinely believe in this ideology. Whatever the case, as time goes by, it seems like a real possibility that the scientific establishment will destroy itself and that it will be mentioned in the same cautionary tales as the totalitarian ideologies of the last century.

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