Truth or Scientism

I am finding that there can be great insight experienced in exploring what is truth and what is not. We assume truths in concepts that we have been taught and what we are told is truth but there is liberation to be discovered in coming to an understanding of these notions from our direct experience.

I came across this article The Science Delusion by Curtis White in Tricycle. He has written a book with the same title. It is obviously a take on Richard Dawkins  book  The God Delusion and addresses a certain sub set of scientific thinking. I found it to be very insightful. There is something lacking and prescribed in these approaches of the likes of Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens who entertain a very narrow perception  of what rational thought is and how it is the only way to know fact and that it is ultimate and only way  to reveal truth.

I am in agreement with White that some philosophers, scientists and academics in general  come from a place where they are influenced by some real attachments to underlying assumptions about the rules and certain truths of their disciplines.  Perhaps as part of the process of  developing a deeper understanding of life should involve further examining the nature of thought and objectivity  and ultimately the self. If it does not than their formulations will reflect this. Many scientists and philosophers  have explored these questions at a deeper level but they always seem not to be of value for scientists such as the  above mentioned and as a result of their limited perception they  promote an understanding  as they have that their form of science is the only way to the truth.

Curtis White explores this in more detail and coming from a more Buddhist perspective he has done the kind of examination that has explored the limitations of thinking. Not the end of thinking but a more creative and real, encompassing and alive  way of examining and exploring life at he same time rational and reasonable.

In researching Curtis  further  I have discovered that he seems to be more than ready to explore openly  criticism of his own book. And why should he take it personal. In exploring the limitations of thought we discover that even our own thinking that we have been so atached to all of our lives is not an expression of thst deeper truth of what we are.

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