Scientism Has a Problem — It Can’t Be Verified Scientifically| National Catholic Register

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Science can measure some characteristics and reveal some physical structures, but it can never tell us what something is and why it was given the privilege of existing.

“Two blokes walk into a pub and say they’ve discovered the secret of life. Only on February 28, 1953, they weren’t joking.”

The two blokes? James Watson and Francis Crick. The secret of life? The double helix structure of DNA.

I came across this passage recently in a book about beekeeping, and I was struck by the casual, implicit assertion that DNA is the secret of life. Living things are certainly different from non-living things. The assumption of our age, so deeply embedded in our collective consciousness, is that the secret to understanding what makes living things alive, the determining factor that sets living things apart from other things, is DNA. 

This idea is part of the wider, unquestioned and unconscious conviction of our culture that science has discovered and can discover all the secrets of existence. In the deeply religious and despotic philosophy of scientism (not science), such conviction is the paradigm of the virtue of faith: blind trust that the revelations made by the scientific method are the ultimate truths.

Read on…

Scientism Has a Problem — It Can’t Be Verified Scientifically| National Catholic Register

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