Science is a Sacred Cow
by Anthony Standen

A critique of scientism written at the high-school level. He meanders and loses his way occasionally, but he makes some good points. He relies on common sense and the man-in-the-street beliefs prevailing in the USA in 1950: belief in democracy, free will, God, anti-communism, and anti-racism. He makes these good points:
“It is a most misleading phrase, because it suggests that only one link is missing. It would be more accurate to say that the greater part of the entire chain is missing, so much that it is not entirely certain whether there is a chain at all.” (106)

... “psychologists find themselves in a quandary, for the more scientific they are (understanding ‘scientific’ to be the same as ‘objective’) the more blindly they must close their eyes to the best way there is of finding out about man.” (121)

“If one wishes to learn about psychology in a genuine, rather than a scientific, way, by far the best thing to do is to read masterpieces of literature.” (128)

Year Read: 2003

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