chapter  2
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The Legacy of Clock Logic

As clock logic gained dominance, so did the idea that human progress could be achieved by harnessing science to create a technology for human ends. It was characterized by three principal doctrines. First, there was a conviction that empirical science was not just a form of knowledge, but the only positive source of knowledge in the world. Argument, backed up by hard scientific data, became the means of establishing truth and the basis of an adversarial system in science, law, and politics. Second, there was an intention to cleanse the human mind of mysticism, superstition, and other forms of pseudo-knowledge. Finally, there was a movement

to extend scientific knowledge and technical control into human society, such that propositions that were neither analytically or empirically tested were considered meaningless and dismissed as emotive utterances, poetry, or mere nonsense.