The Art and Science of Pseudology
Szasz, Thomas, Freeman
The common belief that the scientist's job is to reveal the secrets of nature is erroneous. Nature has no secrets; only persons do. Secrecy implies agency, which is absent in nature. This is the main reason the so-called "behavioral sciences" are not merely unlike the physical sciences but are in many ways their opposites.
"Nature," observed Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), "admits no lie." While nature neither lies nor tells the truth, persons habitually do both. As the famous French mathematician and philosopher Antoine Augustin Cournot (1801-1877) observed, "It is inconceivable that [in the science of politics] telling the truth can ever become more profitable than telling lies." …
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Publication information: Article title: The Art and Science of Pseudology. Contributors: Szasz, Thomas - Author. Magazine title: Freeman. Volume: 60. Issue: 6 Publication date: July/August 2010. Page number: 14+. © Foundation for Economic Education, Incorporated Jan/Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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