Scientism Called on the Carpet For Blocking Debate on Evolution
There's an interesting column in today's Vancouver Sun, "'Scientism' infects Darwinian debates An unflinching belief that science can explain everything about evolution becomes its own ideology". Interesting because it is rare to see sceintism called out and criticized, especially by someone who shows his own high level of faith in evolution.
According to the author, Douglas Todd:
There are two major obstacles to a rich public discussion on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and what it means to all of us.You can read the rest here.
The most obvious obstacle is religious literalism, which leads to Creationism. It's the belief the Bible or other ancient sacred texts offer the first and last word on how humans came into existence.
The second major barrier to a rewarding public conversation about the impact of evolution on the way we understand the world is not named nearly as much.
It is "scientism."
Scientism is the belief that the sciences have no boundaries and will, in the end, be able to explain everything in the universe. Scientism can, like religious literalism, become its own ideology.
The Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics defines scientism as "an exaggerated trust in the efficacy of natural science to be applied to all areas of investigation (as in philosophy, the social sciences and the humanities)."