"Libertarians cloak themselves in the language of freedom, going so far as to name their ideology after liberty, which is almost universally admired. Science chauvinists (my term for practitioners of scientism - "scientist" having been taken) do the exact same thing, invoking "science" as if the debate were "science: thumbs up or thumbs down?"
"You see, Brian, who was my age, was the neighborhood bully. When my brothers and I were younger, Brian would always try to ruin our games by being the villain with extraordinary and undefeatable powers. When we got a bit older, he would be the aggressive hockey players as we played street hockey. He often hit the ball too hard for us to handle. Once we entered teenage years, he would push us around a bit. Thankfully, we moved before it got too serious."
"'Scientism' is that extrapolation. It takes the materialistic and mechanistic dimension of our experience, and projects it outward as if it provides an especially authoritative explanation. For some this explanation has 'authority' because it is fact based, but what passes for fact is at best a provisional interpretation based on a body of knowledge that is open to reinterpretation when new 'facts' are added. For me the advocate for scientism is like the colorblind man who lives in a grayscale world and finds reports of color nonsense."
"Scientism is like science, but is corrupted by dogmatic attitudes and practices that remove many if not all critical qualifications that go into defining science as a way of constructing aspects of our knowledge about the external world that are dynamic, local, at times intuitive, particular, open, subjective, social, cultural, skeptical, demanding of observation, based on testing, overt, self-critiquing, and at times even revolutionary."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.