Here comes another Scientia Salon video, a conversation between Dan Kaufman and myself on the difference between science and scientism. We have covered scientism at the magazine before, featuring both pro and con views [1-5], so I promise to let the issue go for a while after this video (well, until a collection of technical essays on scientism that my colleague Maarten Boudry and I are working on for Chicago Press will come out, so stay tuned). Still, I hope the chat with Dan will be both entertaining and informative.
In the video we covered topics such as quantum mechanics and understanding a dollar bill, what is the point of knowledge, going beyond the Enlightenment, the nature of science (obviously), and whether there are extra-scientific ways of knowing.
Massimo Pigliucci is a biologist and philosopher at the City University of New York. His main interests are in the philosophy of science and pseudoscience. He is the editor-in-chief of Scientia Salon, and his latest book (co-edited with Maarten Boudry) is Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem (Chicago Press).
Daniel A. Kaufman is a professor of philosophy at Missouri State University and a graduate of the City University of New York. His interests include epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, and social-political philosophy.
 Spelling out Scientism, A to Z, by John Shook, Scientia Salon, 12 April 2014.
 Staking positions amongst the varieties of scientism, by Massimo Pigliucci, Scientia Salon, 28 April 2014.
 Defending scientism: mathematics is a part of science, by Coel Hellier, Scientia Salon, 21 August 2014.
 The return of radical empiricism, by Massimo Pigliucci, Scientia Salon, 28 August 2014.