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This is the Enlightenment's refutation by reductio ad absurdum.

Here's how it goes: the enlightenment produced both Kant's epistemology which made it clear that we don't know what there is (noumenon) but only our perceptions (phenomena) that we assume caused by a noumenon and so allow us to infer things about it. The enlightenment also produced the narrative of the scientific revolution and the scientific method, and the belief that reason is a powerful force that can ultimately address and solve any problem. Then people like Humboldt founded anthropology. And then anthropology shows us just how fragile the basis for rationalism, the enlightenment and the scientific method is: it's just a narrative, and not a particularly appealing one at that.

We're doomed, I tell you, doomed.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 9th, 2007 at 04:55:03 AM EST
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Gee.. that's a great summary!!!!!

But we are not doomed (well maybe .... I just hope not)... if we apply your ideas about a scholars and my ideas about using magic thinking to transmit ideas about science...everything is solved :)

That would make science particularly appealing!!!!!

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Mar 9th, 2007 at 05:11:17 AM EST
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It's not my ideas, it's Morris Kline's.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 9th, 2007 at 05:33:05 AM EST
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You need a scholar who can read about magic thinking applied to maths .. or physics. or biophysics.. or whatever...and also can teach well...

A pleasrue

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Mar 9th, 2007 at 09:16:10 AM EST
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A scholar performing the functions we have just described may not be a good teacher.


"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 9th, 2007 at 09:33:58 AM EST
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Teacher of the public.. so may be...

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Mar 9th, 2007 at 10:25:14 AM EST
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