The measurability cult as a problem for science

At universities you can sense facts, research relationships and open up solutions to problems with sense and logical thinking. At least that was how it was once.

A closer look reveals that everything is required of students today, from the meticulous observance of a page margin, a specific font, font size, a pinpoint line spacing, an indentation and italics in quotes and, and, and.

Only what can be measured

Measurability is a fundamental criterion for scientific statements. Because measurable values ​​can be compared. However, if you want to subordinate the scientific approach to measurability, you massively limit its diversity and creativity.


Universities follow the basic rule of making it easy to correct. For this purpose, a consideration of the actual content and the own thought of the students is a hindrance, because the lecturers would have to do a much better for an assessment of the content, as to look at the number of footnotes and make a small-scale examination of easily measurable formalities.

So one does not follow only the old wisdom from the control theory, after which only that can be controlled, which can be measured also. No, moreover, the measurable is also overweighted, while the content, which is difficult to grasp, hardly seems to play a role anymore.

Mass instead of class

The steering at the universities thus leads to the production of easily measurable, but less inspired works that are completely irrelevant from the perspective of research and in which political ideology such as commercial interests, represented by third-party funds and subsidies, have long since reappeared.


A science in which independent thinking is not only impeded, but even declared as undesirable by an exaggerated formalization hardly deserves this name, but runs the risk of becoming the convenient instrument of the respective zeitgeist.