Philosophy, Politics, Wolfgang Smith

The Ideology of Scientism & Progressive Politics

Wolfgang Smith QuoteWolfgang Smith cuts through the ideology of scientism with some intellectual realism, “We need to transcend what we have been taught in schools and universities to discover on our own what we are never told: only thus can we begin to perceive the full picture. To place The Grand Design within the context of the existing culture, it is above all imperative to get over the notion that science is simply a quest in search of truth: open, unbiased, and fair. We need to realize that the enterprise has an ideology, an agenda, an establishment, and vested interests to protect; as anyone past childhood should realize, “politics” does enter the picture.”

Richard Lewontin perfectly expresses the mindset that Smith is exposing and the ID theorists have committed themselves to defeating (emphasis added):

“We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill some of its extravagant promises for health and life, in spite of the toleration of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.

The legitimacy of science has been transformed into an ideology, a scientistic alchemy that fits the political motives of progressivism, secularism, and nihilism.

Consider this video by Bill Nye, where he pretends that his scientific credentials (whatever those might amount to other than his old identity as the “science guy”) lend approval to the gender fluidity of the sexual revolutionaries. What is consider to be science is really a secular theological and philosophical interpretation of nature masquerading as objective verification of empirical reality.

 

– Lucas G. Westman

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