"Like some other scientists, Sokal and Bricmont appear to regret that science has any need of natural language to make itself known, that scientific facts can’t be implanted directly in our brains without resort to verbal mediation. When you complain, as they do, about Post-Modernism’s ‘emphasis on discourse and language as opposed to the facts to which those discourses refer’, a pause for reflection is in order, on whether it is legitimate to oppose the facts to the discourse when facts that are not contained in a discourse cannot be known."
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- “[The] human brain, unlike any other mammal, for the most part develops under the influence of the environment. And that’s because, from the...”
- Nikolas Rose on the micro and the macro in power relations:
To begin an investigation of power relations at this...
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