“Trust Me, I’m a Scientist”
“The essence of the Pedant is twofold, first that he takes his particular science for something universal, second, that he holds with the Grip of Faith certain set phrases in that science which he has been taught.” –Hilaire Belloc
The most severe dogmatism of the present age–empirical materialism–continues to hold sway among hordes of intellectuals. The self-contradictory position has taken such a strong root that all who question its principles receive the label “science-denier.”
There is no greater anti-skeptic, no greater dogmatist, than the skeptical scientist. What, after all, is the difference between the fundamentalist Christian who claims to explain all of reality by pointing to the Bible and the scientist who supports an equally impenetrable system by pointing to his traditional “method”? Each system has its presuppositions, and each system denies common sense.
Scientists, who generally accept the doctrines of post-modernism, become rather furious when you demonstrate to them that their theories do not stand the test of reason. Fundamentalists are similar.
Let me provide an anecdote. At a garden party at some professor’s house, the post-modern scientist goes on to explain that everything genuinely human is the product of mutations. “There is no such thing as objective truth. There is no such thing as goodness. There is no such thing as beauty. These terms are exactly that…mere terms. They serve social functions for the preservation of the species. Nothing more. Nothing less,” he stoically describes. And how often do academics spout off such ideas! But, of course, when you point out to them that their lack of adherence to objective truth undermines the truth of their theory, they either become upset or begin to state that their idea is an exception. However, when they argue with biblical fundamentalists, they never admit exceptions.
How our culture needs a dose of philosophy!
David J.W. Inczauskis