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Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 1: Science and Scientism

Monopolizing Knowledge

Ian Hutchinson’s series centers on his new book Monopolizing Knowledge in which he critiques the world-view he calls “scientism”: “the belief that science, modeled on the natural sciences, is the only source of real knowledge.” In Hutchinson’s eyes, this erroneous world-view is at least indirectly responsible for the apparent friction between science and religion that many see today. Hutchinson will attempt to both explain and dismantle “scientism” by examining both what we mean when we say “science”, and how the “scientistic” worldview oversteps this definition and becomes a philosophical and metaphysical framework.

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Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 1: Science and Scientism

Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 1: Science and Scientism

In his new book Monopolizing Knowledge, physicist Ian Hutchinson engages with the world-view he calls “scientism”: “the belief that science, modeled on the natural sciences, is the only source of real knowledge”.
December 06, 2011 
Ian Hutchinson 
Science & Worldviews 
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Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 2: Reproducibility

Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 2: Reproducibility

It was said that whenever the great 19th century scientist Michael Faraday heard of some new phenomenon the first thing he would do was attempt to reproduce the effect in his own laboratory. He understood that science is concerned with reproducible experimental phenomena.
December 13, 2011 
Ian Hutchinson 
Science & Worldviews 
11
 
Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 3: Clarity

Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 3: Clarity

Clarity is a requirement for the expression and communication of reproducibility; so these two scientific traits are partners. The results of any scientific investigation have to be expressed in terms that are unambiguous.
December 20, 2011 
Ian Hutchinson 
Science & Worldviews 
20
 
Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 4: Demarcation

Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 4: Demarcation

Is there a clear enough definition or understanding of what natural science is to justify distinguishing it from non-science?
December 27, 2011 
Ian Hutchinson 
Science & Worldviews 
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Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 5: Evolutionary Metaphysics

Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 5: Evolutionary Metaphysics

Some Christians reject evolution by natural selection because of metaphysics. But it is not, I believe, Christian metaphysics that is the most important cause of suspicion of evolution. It is evolutionary metaphysics.
January 03, 2012 
Ian Hutchinson 
Science & Worldviews 
47
 
Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 6: Evolutionary Metaphysics

Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 6: Evolutionary Metaphysics

Though coined in 1945, the term sociobiology exploded into public consciousness through the Pulitzer prize-winning writings of Edward O Wilson in his Sociobiology: the Modern Synthesis (1975), and On Human Nature (1978).
January 10, 2012 
Ian Hutchinson 
Science & Worldviews 
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