You might be Scientismist if…
…you source-cite frantically to substantiate your views, even if you haven’t analyzed the data or the methods used or considered the limitations of the findings?
…you automatically believe certain sources and dismiss others without reading the original citations.
…you get your science from Facebook ads
…you believe the use of the phrase “scientific study” imparts devine validation to the conclusions.
…assume peer review is a real thing.
…don’t know the difference between a RCT, case-controlled study, cross-sectional study, cohort study, retrospective or prospective study…and don’t want to because it might call into question validity of your narrative!
…assume strong correlation is same as causation…AND don’t care if you’re wrong as long as it helps make your point!
And the #1 clue that you may be a Scientismist… When your favorite saying is, “the NIH says it, I believe and that settles it!”
Publishing a “study” does not bestow validation and data is mishandled as often as not; which is why much of the medical literature is wrong.
Hyperrational arrogance leads to scientism, which is not the same as good science.
Don’t be a scientismist!
The notion that there are only two options for healthcare… 1) Central single payer systems vs 2) The current U.S. system or worse…is a false dilemma with false choices.
Efficient economies (socially sustainable marketplaces) utilize multiple financial tools depending on hierarchy of need or desired outcome. And successful self-regulating systems keep as many incentives aligned at the level of the individual end-user as possible; and ensure individual liberty as a first principle.
The desirable balance minimizes tragedy of the commons, maximizes individual responsibility, minimizes bureaucracy & waste, shames/ discourages rent-seeking behavior & cronyism, aligns reward with effort & risk, and always strives to preserve the sovereignty, liberty & choice of the individual as a preeminent principle.
Centralized tax-funded systems often crowd out these other needed tools within the marketplace and are biased heavily towards collective budgetary priorities, as opposed to individual needs/variations.
Any form of “distributive justice” requires repeated violation or usurpation of (potentially) everyone’s liberty or property to rebalance the system; because the introduction of freedom of association & disposition of property will always upset the pattern.
Narcissism. Obsession with Victimhood. Identity and Class politics… “Now that’s a tragedy on a Shakespearean scale!”
One of the mistaken ideas of Marxism (collectivism philosophy) is that wealth accumulation in the hands of a few is inherent, and specific, to Capitalism. This fails to recognize that in any endeavor -regardless of who plans it or who participates – that success in that endeavor will always be disproportionately held by a few for reasons that have nothing to do with oppression or theft. This may help explain why the egalitarian promises of socialism & Communism never plays out as it is conceived.
“The disconnect between the intention and what emerges”
A conversation with Dr. Thomas Sowell about the folly of political initiatives to solve disparate impact. With predictable irony, these same interventions often exacerbate the same problems the were commissioned to fix.
Illuminati, red pills, blue pills, blockchain, bottled water & avocado toast…are you “Woke”?