“The motives behind scientism are culturally significant. They have been mixed, as usual: genuine curiosity in search of truth; the rage for certainty and for unity; and the snobbish desire to earn the label scientist when that became a high social and intellectual rank. But these efforts, even though vain, have not been without harm, to the inventors and to the world at large. The "findings” have inspired policies affecting daily life that were enforced with the same absolute assurance as earlier ones based on religion. At the same time, the workers in the realm of intuition, the gifted finessers – artists, moralists, philosophers, historians, political theorists, and theologians – were either diverted from their proper task, while others were looking on them with disdain as dabblers in the suburbs of Truth"
– Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present