By Keith Ashman
The "War" in technological know-how is essentially the dialogue among those that think that technology is above feedback and those that don't. After the technology Wars is a set of essays by way of best philosophers and scientists, all trying to bridge interdisciplinary gulfs during this dialogue.
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I do not think epistemology is the core issue, at least not as he has framed it (“objective reality”). What was (for me at least) wildly funny was the absolutely absurd uses to which the physics was put. It is bizarre, crazy, and can’t escape attention—if you know any physics. Nevertheless, it fooled the editors of Social Text, at least two of whom have written about physics. ” A great deal of the time we are deluded into thinking questions are meaningful because they can be formulated in our native language.
The existence of objective reality is an assertion (or maybe it is not even an assertion, but just sounds like one) that I know no way to test. Rather, my experience says that by assuming it I can make a series of increasingly useful approximations to something that works for me. But I have found it a useful procedure to assume it does exist, and so do the postmodernists who avoid stepping out into heavy traffic. It is our fault, mostly. What used to be called the counterculture in fact picked up a lot of trash from nooks and crannies.
Moreover, in deciding, from within our mindset, whether it is right to combat another one, we should not be too quick to treat it simply as a stupid or ignorant form of our own. 46 I agree and invite the reader to consider whether my discussion of “hatchet jobs” provides support for this view. Did Weinberg allow himself to listen to Derrida or did he assume from the start that Derrida was merely posturing? Did Nagel attempt to hear what Irigaray was saying before concluding that her mindset was merely a stupid or ignorant form of his own?