Nonsense Files

This one is self-explanatory. It’s where we store the irrationalist, social constructivist, postmodernist, ‘High Theoretical’ and other Nonsense that we find. Check it often, because there is always more.

External Resources

  • ‘An Impressive Intervention’
    If you’re easily impressed, at least.
  • ‘Arrogant absolutist reason’
    Disembodied, disembedded, abstract, dominating and colonizing – reason is bad stuff.
  • A Call for Demotic Science
    ‘…an era of pervasive science calls into being a legitimately more demotic approach to science.’
  • Asante Disagrees with Lefkowitz
    And forgets to mention that library at Alexandria that Aristotle stole from even though he was dead before it was built.
  • Beware of ‘Big Science’
    Modern medicine is the cause of disease, and other wisdom.
  • Bhabha Gets Technical
    ‘Within that conflictual economy of colonial discourse which Edward Said describes as the tension between the synchronic panoptical vision of domination – the demand for identity, stasis – and the counterpressure of the diachrony of history – change, diff
  • Body, Desire, Discourse, Meaning
    Destablised, deviance, difference, site for the production of meaning – all in the first few words. How original…
  • Critique of 21st Century Discourses
    Late capitalism, epistemological hegemony, cultural domination, or globalization – same thing.
  • Deconstructing Ideology in Science by Watching TV
    ‘Recent work has made it clear to those with eyes to see that there is no place in science, technology, medicine or other forms of expertise where you cannot find ideology acting as a constitutive determinant.’
  • Donna Haraway on the Promise of Monsters
    ‘Excruciatingly conscious of nature’s discursive constitution as “other” in the histories of colonialism, racism, sexism, and class domination of many kinds, we nonetheless find in this problematic, ethno-specific, long-lived, and mobile concept something
  • Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto
    ‘The machine is not an it to be animated, worshipped, and dominated. The machine is us, our processes, an aspect of our embodiment.’
  • Godhead and the Nothing
    There is an actual naming of namelessness
    which is the naming of nothingness.
  • Homi Bhabha in Defense of Theory
    ‘Is the language of theory merely another power ploy of the culturally privileged Western elite to produce a discourse of the Other that reinforces its own power-knowledge equation?’
  • In postmodernity the two cultures are one — and many
    Paul Forman explains why ‘today’s scientists’ accept a plurality of goods instead of truth.
  • Introducing Homi ‘Academic Superstar’ Bhabha
    The frenzy of renown in action.
  • Is the Other hungry, tired, thirsty, wet?
    ‘Lacan will formulate the desire of the Other as S(O), the signifier of a lack in the Other. A signifier is always missing, the signifier which would complete the subject by allowing him to satisfy the Other’s demand…’
  • Jargon Explained
    ‘A Glossary of Key Terms in the Work of
    Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.’ Useful stuff.
  • Leonard Shlain
    Writing diminishes feminine values. Eh?
  • Metanarrative Fights Metanarrative
    ‘This rebellion against the episte mological stranglehold of scientific empiricism, however, is like reading romance novels in that it is primarily an escapist activity that leaves the dominant infrastructure of scientific ideology intact.’
  • Oh no, not cryptonormativity
    And not only that, but essentialism, and reaffirming the project of modernity, and all sorts.
  • Pagans for Active Use
    Lighting fires and sticking graffiti on Stonehenge show the pagans are active, participatory users, not like those dreary passive scholar types who only want to look at the thing.

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