Now, in a paper that purports to introduce you very informally to the ﬁeld of science, why has no mention been made any of the sciences themselves, if only that you may know what they are about? We have not spoken of heat, sound, electricity, hydraulics, etc., which are branches of physics, nor of zoology, cytology, embryology, etc., branches of biology, nor chemistry and it’s branches. Why not? Simply because there are no sciences. There is only one science. It makes little diﬀerence what you call it. Call it the science of existence, or the science of the world, or just plain science. It is only very elementary phenomena we can identify as belonging exclusively to one or another of the name-labels that a hundred or so years ago were thought to distinguish one science from another. When we reach phenomena of any complexity—and you need not be told most of the world is very, very complex—we ﬁnd the facts of one name-label mixing with those of another to such an extent as it is mere sophistry to think they should be treated separately.
Suppose we bring together two substances, carbon dioxide and water. Nothing much happens, as you know from your experience with charged water. Bring them together on the leaf of a plant in the presence of chlorophyll, and still nothing much happens. But allow sunlight to fall on the leaf, and these two simple substances will be synthesized into additional plant tissue, cellulose. Here we have light, chemistry and botany all in one reaction.
Consider deep ray therapy where advantage is taken of the fact that malignant tumor cells have three to four times the electrical condenser capacity of benign tumor cells. Here we have electricity, short-wave radiation, and human pathology becoming one problem. Diathermy and radio surgery are other examples of the connection between medicine and what were once called extra-human phenomena.
Consider photopheresis, where a particle of gold or selenium or sulphur suspended in a strong stream of light moving towards the source of the light, even though that be directly above the particle. Thus we establish a liaison between light and that elusive thing, gravitation.
Consider the photolytic cell where an electrode of lead and one of copper oxide are immersed in a solution of lead nitrate. No current ﬂows in the dark, but if light is allowed to strike the inner face of the copper oxide electrode a strong although not a steady current is produced. Here we have chemistry, electricity, and light functioning together. The wedding of biology and chemistry is expressed in the word biochemistry. If you undertake the study of chemistry you will reach something called physical chemistry, which might just as well be called chemical physics. The chlorophyll of plants mentioned a moment ago and the hemoglobin of your blood have very similar chemical structures. Your blood contains the same salts as sea water and in virtually the same proportions, not so much the sea of today as that ancient Cambrian sea that existed before ever there were warm-blooded animals. Do you see that there can be no frontiers within science; that there is, indeed, only one science?
-Technocracy Study Coursehttp://www.archive.org/details/TechnocracyStudyCourseUnabridged
THE TECHNOCRACY POSTULATES:
-The phenomena involved in the functional operation of a social mechanism are measurable.
-Social change is unidirectional and irreversible.
-Technology is today the only major cause of social change.
-All social theories of yesterday must be discarded.
-Any and all social problems are solvable by the technological application of scientific principles on a Continental scale.
THE POSTULATES OF SCIENCE:
-The first postulate states that the external world actually is. In other words, a chair, a pencil, a city, the mountains, rivers, oceans, continents really do exist. We can at once go to work on them without having to establish their existence.
-The second postulate states that nature is uniform. This means we do not have to flounder about in a world wherein a sack of flour suddenly transforms itself into a fish, and that into an automobile, and that into an oil well. The second postulate is our protection against chaos.
-The third postulate states that there are symbols in the `mind' which stand for events and things in the external world. The total sum of all such symbols in all minds, after eliminating duplicates would be the sum total of that kind of knowledge for us; and the sum total of all things and events meant by these symbols, provided the symbols should ever become complete in number, would constitute the entire physical world. This means, in effect, that the mind itself is uniform. Mathematicians will note that the third postulate establishes a one-to-one correspondence between all that is in our minds and all that is in the external world. A corollary of this is that there is nothing in all the world that has the priori quality of being unknowable. In this paragraph the word `mind' has been used in it's conventional sense.
Any social system whatsoever that effects its distribution of goods and services by a system of trade or commerce based on commodity evaluation effected by means of debt tokens, or money, debit cards, et cetera.
The term Price System must not be confused with such terms as profit system, or capitalist system. The factor of ownership does NOT alter the mechanics of operating a Price System, and it may be added in passing, that unless it be in some remote and primitive community, none other than Price Systems exist at the present time.
From the Greek, meaning a student of the theory of values. Axiology, the theory of values, their unique forms and inter-relationships, as the True, the Beautiful, the Good, contrasted with the scientist, whose proper concern is with quantities, their precise measurement, correlation and control in the interests of knowledge and the service of man.
A methodology for the determination of the most probable based upon an analysis of the facts of the matter.
A fact is a close agreement of a series of observations of the same phenomenon.
1. An advanced industrial society of continental extent in which the supporting economy uses energy units for measurement and control, in place of the monetary values (money) of the Price System.
2. A membership society or a movement advocating adoption of this concept.
3. A derived and corrupt meaning of the word, in wide use, indicating management or rule by specialized experts in place of elected representatives or non-specialists.
TECHNOCRACY IS SCIENCE IN THE SOCIAL FIELD
"We will never defeat and destroy fascism until we first recognize that its roots are grounded deep in the subsoil of private enterprise, private property and the Price System. It is a difficult thing to make up our minds. But until we do so and decide to establish and install a technological control through a total conscription, nobody in the wide world can foretell the future of even the next six months. This is not communism, nor fascism, nor any other 'ism.' If it must be called an 'ism,' then its true name is 'scientism.' If the American people want to continue living under an intolerable uncertainty, then they will have no one to blame but themselves."
— Ralph Janishttp://www.archive.org/details/TheTechnocrat-November1946