People Love Shiny Things
Science Fashion
2007

If techno-rationalism is the religion of our time, the scientist is its cleric.

And just as a priest dons ritual garb to prepare for the holy sacraments, so does the researcher clothe himself in a costume suitable for the communication of ultimate truths. For like the priest before him, a scientist is the mouthpiece of holy creation itself. And one must dress the part.
The »fashion« of science and the fashioning of scientifi c evidence demands the reconciliation of sober utilitarian modesty with the unmistakable markers of absolute authority. We must trust the scientist, in his objectivity and humility. And yet we shall have no choice but to believe him.


Arthur J. Fournier,
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