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Scientism is sometimes used to mean the acceptance of scientific theory and scientific methods as applicable in all fields of inquiry about the physical, natural world.
Scientism is sometimes used to refer to humanism and enlightenment values informed by science.
In this use of the word, scientism is "a scientific worldview that encompasses natural explanations for all phenomena, eschews supernatural and paranormal speculations, and embraces empiricism and reason as the twin pillars of a philosophy of life appropriate for an Age of Science." (Source: Michael Shermer, The Shamans of Scientism, Scientific American, 2002)
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 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Scientism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In this context, scientism is "a scientific worldview that encompasses natural explanations for all phenomena, eschews supernatural and paranormal speculations, and embraces empiricism and reason as the twin pillars of a philosophy of life appropriate for an Age of Science".
Scientism can be used as a pejorative term, typically to reject the assertion that the application of scientific understanding to all phenomena produces the predicted results and is, therefore, a reliable guide to policy.
Scientism is sometimes seen, when used in its pejorative sense, as being a term deployed from an anti-science standpoint, despite the fact that some of those who have used it in this way claim to be supporters of science who are merely proposing a less reductionist view of science.
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 Scientism Encyclopedia Articles @ BareHands.com (Bare Hands)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Scientism is the contention that the social sciences should be held to the somewhat stricter interpretation of scientific method used by the natural sciences.
Scientism is the belief that the social sciences are not science because they commonly do not hold to the somewhat stricter interpretation of scientific method used by the natural sciences.
Scientism was a common ideology in the 19th and 20th century which places its trust only in scientific progress.
www.barehands.com /encyclopedia/Scientism   (425 words)

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