Pitfalls of Scientism

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Whenever the ratio of what is known to what needs to be known approaches zero, we tend to invent “knowledge” and assume that we understand more than we actually do. We seem unable to acknowledge that we simply don’t know.

Dr. David L. Rosenhan, On Being Sane in Insane Places, Science, Vol. 179 (Jan. 1973), 250-258, http://www.scribd.com/doc/15603442/On-Being-Sane-on-Insane-Places-Rosenham.