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  •  No parody, (0+ / 0-)

    Actually they are interesting gems from the famed "science wars," in which the literary critics and post modern intellectuals of the humanities departments tried to break into the hard sciences.

    The results of course were less then stellar as the literary critics and post modernists lost any credibility they might have had.

    •  Not to argue both sides (0+ / 0-)

      But I shouldn't be so quick to judge.  Note that they weren't trying to do science but to deconstruct it for what it tells us about the cultures that made the scientific works, like archaeology. Although my training is originally in sciences I am pretty heavily influenced by literary criticism to the annoyance of some.   They probably did find traces in the language the concepts and the assumptions that reflected the culture of the time.  I think thought that that comes through in how they are expressed and the ideas are pursued than the reality itself.   For example that very abstract thinking leads us to a control-over-nature oversimplicity that give us a lot of simple unnuanced conservative economic thinking.  ( or did before conservatives went loco).

      There is something there probably but it can be difficult to grasp.  It sure can't be communicated easily on a blog though.  

      Thanks for bringing that!

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