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The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship: An Examination of Epistemic Autocracy, From the 19th to the 21st Century Paperback – June 23, 2006
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This book discloses exactly who these technological elite (technocrats) are; that they've been working behind the scenes for centuries, and public policy has indeed become its captive. Its aspiration has always been the implementation of a sociopolitical, technocratic utopian world order.
The breadth and scope of Philip and Paul Collins' massive study is nothing short of dazzling. "The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship" is a meticulous examination of a shared ideological construct centuries in the making. This elite circle of technocrats hasn't simply carried forth a unified grand master plan, however; the Collins brothers stress the fact that what we are dealing with is a "conspiracy of ideas," whose adherents have developed into a powerful "epistemological cartel."
Reading "The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship" is to embark on an intellectual journey of the highest order. The Collins brothers effortlessly discuss a wide range of philosophical concepts, all of which are integral to understanding the thinking and development of those behind the formation of a would-be technocracy. There simply isn't any other book that is even in the same league.Read more ›
Other reviewers covered the gist of the book, but there are a few things that needed pointing out. The book is rather amatureishly put together and edited, which is confusing since it is a "revised" edition. For example:
1. No Table of Contents
2. No Index-a huge issue that makes it an exercise in tedium to look stuff up
3. Despite having a dedications page, there is no one on it
4. A division into 3 "chapters" of 100+ pages
5. The subdivisions within the chapters are haphazard and extremely few and far between
6. The book self-references its subdivisions in the text, but doesn't give page numbers
7. He uses SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) as a source several times, despite their reputation for tabloid-style reporting and dishonesty
In addition to the above lacunae, the final chapter of the work leaves much to be desired, as its tone is that of a series of miniature book reports on diverse subjects, a lot of which comes off as half-baked or just plain silly(e.g. Arnold Schwarzenagger as a candidate for the head of a white supremacist coup in California). Many of the topics in the final chapter weren't developed or concluded well, instead, the authors simply jumped to a new topic without even trying to make a logical progression. In one instance, they bring up Nominalism, but drop it after a page or two, despite its enormous impact, something that's especially odd considering that on the back cover it claims that one of the book's main topics is "Nominalism and radical empiricism as instruments of epistemological manipulation" Finally, while I didn't mind their religious inclusions, it would have been nice if they outlined their own religious position at the start, perhaps in an introduction.Read more ›
Certainly an interesting read, and the argument is laid out logically. With an open mind, many readers will be challenged.
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This is probably one of the best books out there if you are trying to grasp the bigger picture. A "must read" for any truth seeker. This book will get you thinking. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very cerebral book. It is not for everybody, it is written for the educated, but still open mind, which puts it out of the reach of most Americans. Read morePublished 19 months ago by ITCS
Well written with interesting Insight and a take on the scientific dictatorship past present and future. Would recommend for an interesting read.Published on February 21, 2014 by EpicM1nd
The awake are outnumbered by the oblivious and the misled. Phillip and Paul Collins provide a breathe of fresh validation for those who slumber not. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by D. Edward Tench
This book does an excellent job of conveying how science has not disproven religion; rather it has stepped in and tried to take its place. Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by digital.maverick
This book has much interesting (and important) content regarding the rise of scientific gnosticism and its hell-bent rush toward "transhumanism. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Ratonis
This book hasn't ceased to impress me, even amaze you could say. I got it on the merit of the main theme being about the scientific mainstream and the difficulty of those that go... Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Jared Jennings