Wednesday, April 07, 2010

All I can say is, I love a philosopher who sticks up for his profession. Here's Massimo, not only on Harris's overweaning scientism, but taking on the usual spear carriers who show up in the com boxes.

2 comments:

Crude said...

What I find interesting about the whole Sam Harris discussion is that, if Massimo and others are correct, then what Harris engaged in a tremendous abuse of science itself - up onstage in front of hundreds (and probably far more, once internet viewings are counted).

I think that point has to be stressed more. Scientism is not about about really, really liking science, but about utterly abusing it for improper ends.

John Farrell said...

Yes. Harris is basically a celebrity. As such, in order to sell books, he has to present something 'controversial' so he has something to tout when he goes on his book tour. Considering how meager the 'works' that got him recognized in the first place, I don't think he's going to be able to keep up the charade for long.

Maybe he'll do all of us a favor and start writing science fiction novels....