Does science really say everything that can be said about life?

Joe Humphreys         –          Tues, Sept 3 2013         –         The Irish Times

Scientists rightly object to the description of science as faith, as is sometimes alleged by religious apologists. Science is precisely not faith. It is a process of discovery, whereby theories are tested against experience.

There is, however, something called “faith in science”. This is sometimes known as “scientism”, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “an excessive belief in the application of the scientific method”. Like many other “isms”, scientism is not a fixed or timeless doctrine. It has gone through many evolutions, and its current manifestation tends to include a deep hostility to religion and a trusting attitude to new technology.


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