My Niggle – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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The political masquerade of Scientism is killing science.” Thomas P. Seager

My Niggle

I'm confident that the golden rule is universal,
that's meta, a lingua franca so to speak,
and there are other values and principles 
common across the world like
good manners and non-harming.
It would be true to say that, thankfully,
religion continues to be positively deconstructed,
and folklores have been successfully mined
for nuggets of valuable experience,
while science has blossomed,
bearing much fruit for its labour.
But there's a niggle,
I detect a small dark shadow of ism at its edge,
a fundamentalism lurks in the labs,
wanting to preach like some temperance preacher
about the evils of the seven deadly sins
which prevent us from peak health, 
longer living, and productivity,
salvation by economics.
All doubters (who are true scientists, and theologians)
will be put to shame,
guilty sinners no less,
but I don't need your sermons,
just give me the science.

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12 responses to “My Niggle – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Well written. That small shadow is scary.

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  2. VJ

    No kidding! I was listening to podcast yesterday, with a scientist who bemoaned this generation of soundbites and headlines equating to science.

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  3. I’ll take it one step further ~ don’t need the sermons, the “science” (which we learn about from a screen ~ is it true? We don’t actually know, and in fact can read new articles practically every daily “rewriting” what we “know” as “fact”) is, okay, interesting.

    While all of it deserves consideration, in the final analysis none of it competes with inner certainty and angelic guidance in the moment.

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  4. I had to look up “scientism.” I hadn’t heard of it before.

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  5. Interesting thoughts – given how we’re now staring at AI that is being taught to behave a certain way by people who believe certain things. It’s a little worrying how it will turn out in the long run.

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  6. lync56

    Very well constructed


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