The 'success' of scientific endeavours within the physical world has been enough to silence any opposition when it came to applying 'scientific methods' more universally to the cultural and human sciences. It has taken the emergence of an ecological movement to warn us of the dangers of a scientific tradition that sees progress as a matter of the domination and control of nature. In most cases this has led us to worry about the consequences of science in such areas as the greenhouse effect rather than its form and character.l
In areas such as alternative medicine we are beginning to experience what can be gained from a more holistic sensitivity that brings us into a fuller relationship with the particularities of our health. We learn not to think of illness exclusively as a breakdown in a mechanical system whose symptoms can be treated impersonally and universally. Within a mechanistic vision, symptoms carry a signification that is supposedly universal, forming a language of sigtJs, irrespective of the persons within which they are expressed. It is this conception. which might be appropriate in some areas. that is beginning to break apart at the seams.