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October 22, 2011



On a similar note, I was thinking the other day about how it is "scientific" knowledge that "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Interestingly, this claim leaves out that the notion of "breakfast" (and even those of "meal" and of "day") are socially and historically contingent. So we get a supposedly universal scientific claim that is accepted as such, and that, in turn, warps a society's view of just what is universally human.

Ellen Fishman

But the politics of science being what it is, human beings who fit the profile of the sort of person characterized by a scientific study are much more likely to take their 'discovery' as an affirmation, one that potentially affords them political leverage, than they are to demand not to be treated as a natural kind.

I'm confused, if that is the case, then why the beef with this discovery of themselves?

Margaret Scurlock

what a load.

Margaret Scurlock

I cannot decide why I am frustrated, but really this shit has to stop, take a walk, nobody mentioned the lunar eclipse or the death of an average joe, are you serious? I am ashamed I ever uttered the word "philosophy" in the same universe as you people. Super string theory seems more and more viable when you string a bunch of philosophy wonks together.

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