Control-mania and Scientism…

Most people today crave for “control”. We want to control our lives. We want to control our destiny. We want to control people around us. We want to take control over situations. We want to control the cosmos! And in our quest to control everything, we wrongly think that science is the tool to help us do it.

However we scarcely see that controlling is not the solution! Most of our problems are problems of human communication, problems of lack of patience, problems of lack of trust, problems of lack of believing others. And “controlling things” will not help us with such problems. To the contrary, I would say that our innability to “let go” is part of the abovementioned problems.

And for what its worth, we should not that science is just a way to model reality. It is not a tool for control. Everything we think science offers (like medicine for example, or everyday tools) are more based on anything else BUT the true essense of science as a “predictive models generating process” (see Why Medicine is NOT a pro-Science argument!).

Let science aside and remember that you are human.

Let go. Live.

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

3 thoughts on “Control-mania and Scientism…”

  1. Joshua Scott Hotchkin – Iowa City, Iowa – I agree that nonsense makes perfect sense and that I am the Dungherder. I can put my foot right in the pile and get my slice-o-the pie.
    Joshua Scott Hotchkin says:

    Great article, Skakos!
    I am going to link to it at my website- Scientism Central.
    Come over and take a look if you would like or drop me an e-mail.

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