From science (Old French science, from Latin scientia (“knowledge”), from sciens, the present participle stem of scire (“know”)) + -cracy (Ancient Greek -κρατία (-kratía), from κράτος (krátos, “power, rule”)); first known use in 1887.
- An elite community of scientists.
1887, Florence Caddy, Through the fields with Linnaeus: a chapter in Swedish history, volume 1, page 294:
- His lesson in Hamburg had taught him that a novus homo must not be arrogant when he enters the society of the scientocracy, and that he must not run himself rashly against vested interests.
1968, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Center occasional papers, volume 3, page 75:
- It could only appear through some dictatorial coup d'etat by a future scientocracy.
2000, Charles Edgley, A Nation of Meddlers, page 43:
- the roots of which lie in the curious marriage of the prohibitionist spirit and the new scientocracies that govern our lives.
- The practice of basing public policies on science. A government of the people, but informed by scientists.
2009, Peter Ubel, Scientocracy: Policy making that reflects human nature.:
- When I talk about Scientocracy, then, I'm not talking about a world ruled by behavioral scientists, or any other kind of scientists. Instead, I am imagining a government of the people, but informed by scientists.
members of an elite community of scientists