Empirical Science – Question Everything

the scientists’ choice to utilize empirical evidence instead of traditional thought is historically significant. Philosophically, I see Rene Descartes assertion from 1637 intrinsic to empirical science; he said, “And perceiving that this Truth, I think; therefore, I am, was so firm and certain, that all the most extravagant supposition of the Scepticks [sic] was not able to shake it …”[1] On one hand his theory presents the dichotomy of humankind – the experience of mind and body – but it also constitutes a specific need for science to find out for themselves, via research and experimentation, instead of accepting what was “true” for the past.

{Peer} wrote: “One thing that really struck me about the battle between the Sociologist and the scientist was how Scientist was looked upon as less important during this time.”

I agree; science was not credited with much authority – but I think that could be because for hundreds of years society had believed scholasticism to be true. The Great Minds were honored almost on a deific platform until the Enlightenment thinkers decided to question them. This could be why the original position was afforded only to gentlemen – a means to make society see the scientist as valued and respected. I, too, am shocked by the history, and horrified that prior to doctors there were barber-surgeons. I spent twenty years in the beauty industry and am no way qualified to issue any medical procedure, lol. As historian – science itself is not truly that “old” in the modern sense. If we start the clock with modern science, that puts it at little over a couple of hundred years – and that further backs up the questionable authority of science. [Not for me, personally, I would take science over religion any day, but I’ve got a thing for evidence over belief.] Darwin is coming with biological mind-boggling discoveries, and sociology is left with picking up the pieces. Society has to swallow the biological truth: humanity is an organic creature; a lesson still considered today with conflicting sides.


Descartes, Rene. A Discourse of a Method for the Well Guiding of Reason and the Discovery of Truth in the Sciences. Online. iBooks. London: Thomas Newcombe, 1637.

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[1] Rene Descartes, Discourse, pp. 58-9.