It is amazing how rational scientists can react so irrationally to a challenge. Why do they feel so threatened? Do they fear that their enemy wields some unearthly power to overthrow them? Have they cleverly deduced that theirs is the only correct worldview, absolute and final? Before continuing, I should state that I am a natural scientist. I work every day to uncover the biochemical processes associated with allergic inflammation, a very "real" phenomenon. I should add that my sole source of information regarding the New York Academy of Sciences conference entitled "The Flight From Science and Reason" is The Scientist's July 10, 1995, issue [F. Hoke, page 1].

First, while I cannot believe that science is evil, or even wrong in its approach to examining the natural world, neither can I believe that science is the only valid approach to understanding that world. Why? Quite simply because I...

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