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Science and the Myth of Progress (Perennial Philosophy) Paperback – July 30, 2003
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He earned Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, where he has continued to work as a research scientist in aeronautics. In addition to his technical research and publications, he has enjoyed a wide range of teaching experiences with undergraduates in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and the history and philosophy of science.
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Meanwhile, the technocratic establishment possesses a hegemony that is absolutely unprecedented in world history. One cannot issue an opinion on a matter unless in the possession of the appropriate "credentials", and something can be derided as obsolete if it is labeled "unscientific." Should we consider the ascendancy of reductionist science to be some sort of triumphal progress from earlier eras of darkness and barbarism? Or have we merely substituted one dogmatism for a more perilous one?
The essayists in _Science and the Myth of Progress_ answer the latter question in the affirmative. Carl Jung once stated that "you can take away a man's gods, only to give him others in return." When seen in this light, there's very little doubt that the Dawkins/Shermer/Sagan/_Skeptic_ Magazine crowd represent Grand Inquisitors in our current "reign of quantity".Read more ›
Needless to say, the answers offered by the authors of this volume are very "ancient" or "medieval", something they would probably wholeheartedly admit themselves. Thomism, Neo-Platonist emanationism, occult correspondences between the macrocosm and the microcosm, Intelligent Design and ideas similar to Theosophy are proposed as the alternative to modern science and scientism. The authors seem to accept the standard creationist arguments about irreducible complexity, lack of transitional forms etc.
My main objection to this volume is that it feels very heterogenous. Only a few articles deal with what seems to be the main point of the anthology: that materialism in science has made the modern world go astray, that "progress" is really an illusion, and that a return to some kind of spirituality is therefore called for. The various authors also have somewhat divergent perspectives. Some argue that the modern worldview is too subjective and relativistic, others seem to suggest the opposite: precisely because all perspectives are subjective, modern science cannot have a monopoly on truth. The most thoughtful contribution comes from Wendell Berry, who simply wants more humility and admission of ignorance, a position at least some scientists would be able to agree with.Read more ›