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Anarchy and Knowledge

Paul Fereraband argues in his (1975) essay on science that myth, selective storytelling, and rationalized scientific technique overlap. This requires one to consider the relation between myth (or narrative) and the scientific method, specifically in indicting the latter of dabbling in the former. This method is embedded in conscience because there is a “story” behind it, one of progress, of the continuing betterment of mankind using terms that science cannot define. “Progress” and “betterment” are not scientific terms, but moral ones that lie outside the scientific mode of discourse. Science has appropriated them nevertheless. Science is based on myth, as are all modes of understanding. But the similarities of science and myth are worth discussing. There are taboo subjects in…