Science certainly collects the best data, but scientists also explain that data by testing their hypotheses and narrowing the theoretical options. I'd agree that full understanding requires more artistic ways of reconciling our intuitions and preferences with the facts, requiring philosophical arguments, religious myths, and artistic expressions.

I suspect philosophy might have gone wrong also in professionalizing itself. The publish-or-perish imperative makes it hard for philosophers to stand for practices that might rejuvenate us or protect us from the modern depredations.

I agree that in elite, technocratic circles there's some worship of data and logic, as in scientism. But the masses are surely closer to having been infantilized, no?

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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