Lately there’s this strange new word “scientism” nudging into the media…a term that seems to annoy some scientists…which may be because it dares question the modern Western mindset that science [and its method of hypothesis/testing/synthesis] is the alpha & omega of our search for knowledge and truth. I mean, to question the scientific methodology is like questioning the quarterback is the alpha & omega in NFL football!
“Scientism” charges science with being, not wrong, but perhaps too right. It is today’s new orthodoxy which, having properly dispelled the mumbo jumbo of Medievalism, now asserts every indispensable in our lives — from the meds we take to the missiles we build to the formations we put on the field — should be scientifically verified.
That in turn means mystery’s, hunches, guesses, leaps in the dark are all colorful but pretty well outdated. You just don’t want an hysterical Van Gogh running things when you have a Bill Gates on hand.
But wait…! The world’s most celebrated scientist to the rescue. Einstein put it this way: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead. His eyes are closed.”
Two men stand in awe at the brink of a great canyon. One measures his awe with every scientific tool available, then decides not to jump. The other allows his awe into action. There is a mighty leap against the odds. Will he make it…? I can’t say. But I can say this much: The guy who didn’t will never get to the other side,
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