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Re: <nettime> Why I won't support the March for Science
Keith Sanborn on Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:42:40 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Why I won't support the March for Science


This is nicely put. And your point about context is especially apt. It's
comparable—though not identical—to the liberal misunderstanding which
attempts to substitute "All lives matter" for "Black lives matter." The
matter is context: Science is systematically under attack as Black
people are systemically under attack in the US. One has to note that
while the military/police state is mounting rising numbers of attacks on
us all, it has an especial affinity for attacking minorities, both
currently and historically. These are legacies of slavery, colonialism,
and other exercises of hieratchical power. 

Ironically, in the us, the right and its growing allies in the state
began with an attack on "secular humanists," the easier target— since
both have roots in textual exegesis— before attacking climate science
and attempting to substitute "creation science" for "hard science." One
of their typical popular arguments is to fix on the word "theory" in
"the theory of evolution" and reduce it to the popular sense of "theory"
as "opinion" as in, "Well that's your theory."

Keith Sanborn

> On Apr 24, 2017, at 12:25 AM, Prem Chandavarkar <prem.cnt {AT} gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
> It is a problem when an issue is polarised across two extremes without
> exploring some substantive middle ground.  Am reading Thomas Nagel,
> whose views are quite useful on this subject.  He argues that the
> objective viewpoint that science prescribes is extremely useful, but
> ifyou extend this viewpoint to all of truth, then it is destructive.
> Scientific objectivism only allows intelligence and is relatively
> impotent in handling consciousness.
 <...>

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