Sunday, February 19, 2006

Quote of the Week 2/19/06

"When we run over libraries, persuaded of these principles, what havoc must we make? If we take in our hand any volume of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance, let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames, for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion."

~ David Hume, An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding
(In case the irony escapes you, this very text should have burst into flames beneth his pen.)


Blogger Josh said...

Great post. The downfall of Scientism: it cannot be scientifically validated. Kind of like saying "I can't speak a word of english".

8:36 PM  

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