Follow the Facts

The scientist thinks that he can exclude himself and let objects speak for themselves; he is concerned with "objective” laws that have no respect for what pleases or does not please the individual, and nothing to do with morality.

Anyone endowed with real clarity of vision, however, cannot fail to see the part played by irrational elements in the scientist's makeup, quite aside from his formal research methods, especially regarding choice of hypotheses and interpretive theories.

There is a substratum of which the modern scientist is unaware: a substratum in regard to which he is passive and subject to precise influences that originate in part from the forces that have shaped a civilization at one or another point of its cycle.

One gains a presentiment of how important this substratum is from the criticism of science and its "superstition of the fact” (as GuĂ©non puts it), showing that the fact means little in itself, but that the essential factor is the system into which it fits and on whose basis it is interpreted. 

This also indicates the limitations that prejudice the ideal of clarity and objectivity in the modern type of scientist.

[Julius Evola]
Ride the Tiger, p.141-2

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