02 July 2013
"Scientism" is a word flung at us non-believers when we refuse to take unverifiable claims of divine revelation, dubious historical records, anecdotal reports and uncontrolled case studies as hard evidence of the supernatural. "You're closed-minded," they say. But like the old saying goes, don't be so open-minded your brain falls out. Demanding good empirical evidence to support claims about reality isn't closed-minded – it's open-minded because you're showing that your position is amenable to evidence. It's the person who credulously assumes that the unexplained is paradoxically explained by the supernatural without demanding independently verifiable evidence who has truly closed their mind.