There are enumerous benefits of scientific temperament, as i have read so far. Its working abilities, functionality and dealings with day to day matter is fantabulous. My question is : Do this kind of mindset carry any disadvantages at personal, societal or at different levels of human life? As everything in this world has its own benefits and disadvantages. So, scientific mind might be having its disadvantages but i am not able to think one.

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    The first thing to ask "What disadvantage is?" – rus9384 Apr 21 '18 at 1:02
  • Good question, but I think he simple wants to know if a scientific education can have a downside, just as fame can created unwanted pressure and stress. – David Blomstrom Apr 21 '18 at 1:34
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    Please explain what you mean by "scientific temperament". The phrase "scientific temper" is mostly used today in connection with the Indian constitution, into which it was written by Nehru (who was influenced by Marx). If that is what you mean then by Nehru's own definition this temper is opposite to the "method of religion", which relies on emotion and intuition. This gives you at least three areas of disadvantage for this mindset right away (although these weren't flaws in Nehru's eyes). – Conifold Apr 21 '18 at 3:48
  • I'd want to ask exactly what 'scientific temperament' means here. It seems to me that the phrase is very often used to describe what I would call a non-scientific temperament. Who would you cite as an example of someone with an ideal scientific temperament? I would not accept that,. say, Dawkins or Stenger have scientific temperaments but would accept, say, Schrodinger and Eddington. The phrase is very vague. My answer would be that a truly scientific temperament brings nothing but benefits. Certainly someone who approaches religion without one is taking a huge risk. – user20253 Apr 21 '18 at 12:37

Any knowledge, if it is not transformed as wisdom, has a great deal of disadvantages. Scientific mind is one such thing.

If you are not using your scientific mind to imagine your fellow beings' feelings, most often it would not be helpful to your mental development.

If your scientific mind is up to a certain level only, you may ask like this: "I can't see others' mind. There is no such thing. Scientists also can't discover any such thing. So why should I care for it? Why should I care for others' feelings?"

If you are affected by 'scientific mania' a great deal, you won't be ready to venture into any kind of risk. Since there is no proof before you, you can't believe most ideas others say.

You might have noticed that those who don't give much importance to scientific mind living happily while those who give, unhappily.

Again, if you rely on your scientific mind only....

  • Religious symbols would have no effect on you. They would be mere things made of clay, plastic, stone, metal etc to you.
  • You can't respect your National Flag. It would be only a colorful cloth.
  • You would treat your mother, wife and daughter alike. They would be mere females to you.
  • Sometimes you would be treating all others as embodiment of particles having different masses.

In short, your life becomes miserable if you care only for scientific mind. You should care for others' feelings and values also if you wish to lead a good life. Since we give importance to feelings and values as well as scientific mind in our daily life, and they often come randomly, we can't differentiate the disadvantages of scientific mind very easily.

If your scientific mind has granted you wisdom, your happiness and sadness would disappear. So in most occasions you wouldn't be behaving like others. Sometimes others might alienate you as a 'peculiar creature'. Your family members would also feel worry about you.

I am saying this because real wisdom is beyond scientific mind, non-scientific mind, good, bad etc.

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A scientific mind becomes sceptical of things. They need proof for every single thing like

  • The presence of god

  • The proof of being faithful

  • The proof of everything

They can't accept "believe me" as an answer.

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You're a mind reader: I've been thinking of asking a question along similar lines.

I can think of a couple significant problems with having an educated mind.

Every hear the saying "Ignorance is bliss?" There's a lot of truth to it.

The ecologist Aldo Leopold wrote about the penalty of having an ecological conscience. As a naturalist with a degree in ecology myself, I know what he was talking about.

Imagine driving down a road lined with beautiful yellow flowers, with more yellowish blossoms carpeting the ground to the horizon. An urbanite might think it the most beautiful sight imaginable.

However, a biologist might recognize the yellow blossoms as an introduced species that has largely replaced a native species, which in turn helped support some native animal species. The biologist might also reflect on the fact that there are no herds of bison, pronghorn or elk in sight. In fact, the area might ironically be described as a biological desert.

The same thing is true of history and political science. I think someone wrote something like "History is a nightmare from which I have awakened."

In other words, it's incredibly bloody. It's a reminder that life isn't fair. If you're a political activist, you know that we're surrounded by corruption, propaganda and foul deeds.

A second problem is that intelligent people may have a hard time finding other people that they can relate to. I've been a political activist for more than two decades, even running for public office, and I've never met a single individual in "progressive" Seattle that I could have a really intelligent conversation with - not one. Unbelievable.

And the problem is worsening as people are increasingly dumbed down by an ongoing avalanche of propaganda and public schools run by corporate interests.

On a similar note, I've read a lot of commentary about people abandoning intelligent partners because they were too arrogant. (The flip side is that stupid people can be pretty arrogant themselves.)

Of course, not all sciences are the same. An industrial chemist could be clueless about the environment and social injustice both. But I picked a bad combination - ecology and political science.

So for me it's a real balancing act; how do you study depressing things without being drug into the abyss yourself? As an aside, I think philosophy can be a big help in this area, though it, too, can be a two-edged sword.


I just thought of a third tradeoff.

People who spend too much time focusing on their studies can suffer from nerd (or mad scientist) syndrome. Again, you have to have some balance in your life.

And if you do some research on famous geniuses, you'll discover that many of them had some problems of their own.

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