In reaction to the previous post, someone commented on a Facebook thread:
Scientism does not exist, it is a strawman created by occultists and wizards whose arguments are five hundred years out of date.
Here is the truth about scientism, from an atheist philosopher of science:
Let’s… call the worldview that all us atheists (and even some agnostics) share ‘scientism.’ This is the conviction that the methods of science are the only reliable ways to secure knowledge of anything; that science’s description of the world is correct in its fundamentals; and that when ‘complete,’ what science tells us will not be surprisingly different from what it tells us today.” – Alex Rosenberg, from his book The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life Without Illusions
Alex Rosenberg co – directs the Center for Philosophy of Biology at Duke University. By the way, this quote was not intended by Dr. Rosenberg as a satire, but promoted as a legitimate philosophical position. To see how well Dr. Rosenberg’s claims hold up to scrutiny, watch this debate.
To see a critique of scientism from a non-theist, see the Amazon book review of The Atheist’s Guide to Reality by Massimo Pigliucci.