Regardless of the complex and at-times contradictory ways the New Critics viewed modern scientific knowledge--Wellek argues fervently that they were in fact "enemies of science" (108)--earlier pronouncements, such as Ransoms that "criticism must become more scientific, or precise and systematic," (109) nourished the idea that the development of close reading was intimately entwined with attempts to scientize
As Andrew Jewett points out in Science, Democracy and the American University (2012), the move to scientize
the academy, even in the US, which was ahead of Canada in this respect, was a long way from reaching its goal.
The way reformers of Chinese medicine strove to "scientize
" Chinese medicine is the focus of chapter seven through nine.
It then becomes an urgent task to "modernize," "scientize
" (kexuehua), and "systematize" (tixihua) Chinese culture (Xiao 2002).
By trying to scientize
the testimony of people of color, stereotype threat and microaggression research attests to the value of the testimony.
This urgency to scientize
intuition is another 21st-century trend: understandable, given the mockery endured by believers in magic.
Acolytes of the occult thus incorporated scientific disciplinary methods into their occult explorations--as with Madame Blavatsky's attempts to scientize
her brand of spiritualism--and thereby sought to rationalize the irrational.
So science has to ride to the rescue, hut in doing so, to be careful not to "scientize
" politics or to allow itself to be "politicized." And how arc we to tell good policy from bad policy?
This is nice, to "scientize
" the public at large, but it is pseudo-science.
Public deliberation must continually negotiate its status, evolve, and reclaim its powers on either side of a divide between forces that would irreparably politicize science or progressively scientize
" economics, it was necessary to rid itself of excess intellectual baggage initially bound up with it, notably morality and politics.