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Comment: Fallacy of scientism (Score 1) 795

by minyard (#47977709) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

"Values, life meanings, purposes, and qualities slip through science like a sea slips through the nets of fishermen. Yet man swims in this sea, so he cannot exclude it from his purview. This is what was meant when we noted earlier that a scientific world view is in principle impossible. Taken in its entirety, the world is not as science says it is; it is as science, philosophy, religion, the arts, and everyday speech say it is. Not science but the sum of man's symbol systems, of which science is but one, is the measure of things.

With science itself, there can be no quarrel. Scientism is another matter. Whereas science is positive, contenting itself with reporting what it discovers, scientism is negative. It goes beyond the actual findings of science to deny that other approaches to knowledge are valid and other truths true. In doing so it deserts science in favor of metaphysics-- bad metaphysics as it happens, for as contention that there are no truths save those of science is not itself a scientific truth, in affirming it scientism contradicts itself. It also carries marks of a religion-- a secular religion, resulting from overextrapolation from science, that has seldom numbered great scientists among its votaries."
  Huston Smith, Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World's Religions

Comment: science vs scientism (Score 1) 937

by minyard (#47909551) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

“Values, life meanings, purposes, and qualities slip through science like a sea slips through the nets of fishermen. Yet man swims in this sea, so he cannot exclude it from his purview. This is what was meant when we noted earlier that a scientific world view is in principle impossible. Taken in its entirety, the world is not as science says it is; it is as science, philosophy, religion, the arts, and everyday speech say it is. Not science but the sum of man's symbol systems, of which science is but one, is the measure of things.

With science itself, there can be no quarrel. Scientism is another matter. Whereas science is positive, contenting itself with reporting what it discovers, scientism is negative. It goes beyond the actual findings of science to deny that other approaches to knowledge are valid and other truths true. In doing so it deserts science in favor of metaphysics-- bad metaphysics as it happens, for as contention that there are no truths save those of science is not itself a scientific truth, in affirming it scientism contradicts itself. It also carries marks of a religion-- a secular religion, resulting from overextrapolation from science, that has seldom numbered great scientists among its votaries.”
  Huston Smith, Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World's Religions

Comment: Depression is a symptom not a disease (Score 1) 257

by minyard (#46682883) Attached to: Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

"If you think you are depressed, first make sure you're not surrounded by ass-holes."

Make sure you accept reality and your true self. Try to sungaze at least for sunset (sungazing = viewing first/last 15 minutes of sunlight on the horizon). Get outside. Listen to your body. Don't eat crap. Focus on what really matters to you in life. And call me in the morning.

Comment: Calories (Score 1) 440

by minyard (#45423932) Attached to: Soylent: No Food For 30 Days

The thermodynamic model of representing food as energy measured as calories is about as wrong as the stork model for reproduction. Sure a stork could physically bring a baby, but it's just not how things work. One way a body decides whether to store fat is insulin response. How exactly do calories account for that?

Anyone can make an omelet with eggs. The trick is to make one with none.

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