Ego Empircism

Empiricism emphasises the role of empirical evidence in the formation of ideas, rather than innate ideas or traditions." - Wikipedia


On the modern day an age, when people talk about empiricism they are talking mostly about the scientific method. A colloquial way to put it would be to say that “only what is measured, can be asserted true”. I’m going to brush away too much philosophy because that’s not what I want to write about.

I’m presenting to you a new doctrine that I have observed myself in the wild, one that I call Ego-empiricism.

Ego-empiricism is very similar to run of the mill empiricism but for one small detail:

Only what *I* can measure, can be asserted true.


This type of epistemology is particularly rampant with some people with engineering backgrounds in middle management positions, with quite predictable results.

“If I can’t think of any way of measuring , there’s no way to measure it’s value, thus it can’t have any value!” Thinks the Ego-empiricist.

This reasoning can be applied not only to basic managerial skills, but also sales, marketing or in general anything that can’t be poked with a measuring device or debugged with a computer.

As someone who has suffered of this delusion, I’d caution you against it, since it’s a source of pain and frustration not only for yourself but the people around you. Please don’t be an Egoempiricist.