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Re: <nettime> Why I won't support the March for Science
Morlock Elloi on Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:46:09 +0200 (CEST)

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

Salaried scientists, as any other salaried group, are mostly functional 
cowards. As it was mentioned in a recent thread, there is a substantial 
difference between "networks of practice" and "communities of practice".

It sounds silly, but the time has come when we need Kickstarter-based 
fundamental science: mathematics, physics, molecular biology. That seems 
the only way to resurrect the moribund field (kept from rigor mortis by 
being strapped to the radiator like in Not the Nine O'clock News sketch) 
from the clutches of academia and politics.

> The March for Science was overwhelmingly individuate and white in SF. What
> it really needed for me to believe in the efficacy of science as a
> political force was larger signs, coalitions from university departments
> and think-tanks; presence of top level academies and organizations taking a
> stand...instead, while thousands turned out it was pretty benign as a
> critical presence.

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