Shining the spotlight on scientism

David Attenborough asserts that:

In the not too distant future, there are certainly going to be major problems: problems about climate change, problems about increasing density of population. There will be a problem too about power – how are we to generate power.

Science will produce the answer. What the answer will be, I don’t know. But I’m perfectly certain that it is science that will find it for us.

But Bill Vallicella states that:

The theological virtues are three: faith, hope, and charity. The scientistic virtues are two: faith and hope. The scientistic types, pinning their hopes on future science, are full of faith in things unseen, things that are incomprehensible now but will, they hope, become comprehensible in the fullness of time. They thirst less for justice and righteousness than for the final slaying of the dragon of the Hard Problem that stands between them and the paradise of naturalism.

Quote sources

  1. Attenborough, D. (2010). Genius of Britain. Episode 5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAUkYkY33cQ. Last accessed 4th Oct 2014.
  2. Vallicella, B. (2013). The Theological Virtues and the Scientistic Virtues. Maverick Philosopher. Available http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2013/04/the-theological-virtues-and-the-scientistic-virtues.html. Last accessed 4th Oct 2014.
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