STOP DISSING PHILOSOPHY!
“It has become sadly common for science popularizers to dismiss philosophy as an empty, altogether useless discipline consisting of circular abstractions. Even scientist Stephen Hawking went as far as to declare philosophy dead. I believe this public dismissal of philosophy, rather than reaffirm science, brings harm to its integrity.”
“When science popularizers dismiss philosophy, they are making one or more of several mistakes, amongst which:
(a) being unaware and uncritical of the intrinsic boundaries of their preferred method of knowledge acquisition;
(b) taking one particular ontology—usually, mainstream physicalism—for the self-evidence truth, thereby projecting an unexamined belief system onto nature;
(c) extending the scope of science beyond what is justifiable by its method, thereby putting the integrity of science itself at risk.”