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scientism

(sī′ən-tĭz′əm)
n.
1. The collection of attitudes and practices considered typical of scientists.
2. The belief that the investigative methods of the physical sciences are applicable or justifiable in all fields of inquiry.

sci′en·tis′tic adj.

scientism

(1) The belief that the methods used in the investigation of phenomena in the physical universe can be applied to all areas of research, including the cognitive sciences.  
(2) The use of scientific methods and principles for inappropriate topics.
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But while scientistic Marxism insists that faith is an emotion, and emotions are waste-products of ideology, and sentimental collectivism preaches that political commitment transpires by faith alone, both potentially depend on self-abnegation.
What is really damaged, however, in the new environment is the hegemonic pretension of the scientistic, eurocentric and patriarchal documentary.
Never scientistic, Knight gives astrology, alchemy, and natural magic their due, not as arcane antecedents to true science but as bodies of long-credible knowledge "contrasting with and complementing the common sense and logic" of emerging ideas and practices (39).
This much granted, it seems more scientistic than scientific.--Daniel N.
On the left, meanwhile, the cadres of another version of the clerisy--also influenced by Romance and then by a scientistic enthusiasm, in their case for historical materialism-developed the illiberal idea that ideas do not matter.
Demons ("macrobes" is the term of scientistic jargon the N.I.C.E scientists use to describe them) are working to subvert and destroy mankind.
And by heralding the dawn of a technologically superior Zivilization that would hail technology as against anemic art and useless philosophy, Spengler glorified a posthistorical paradise of scientistic modernity.
However, a good many self-styled modern naturalists are committed first and foremost to upholding the scientistic credo that science can, in principle, explain everything worth explaining, such as the emergence of conscious thought itself.
Dalrymple takes his title from King Lear with Edmund's dismissal of scientistic buck passing.
Methodologically the study is principally based on ethnography, albeit in a very "informal" manner without simultaneous note-taking; Amico presumed that his subjects would balk at such scientistic rituals (pp.