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Alan D. Sokal
He seems to be against (or at least hinder) constructive communication
between sciences and cultural theories. Does he suppose that there is a
single perfect language that explain, describe, or predict everything?
'Species' and 'population' have at least different three meanings in
different sciences, in thermodynamics, in statistics, and in biology. They
may come from a similar root (perhaps from natural philosophy to statistics
to thermodynamics and from to statistics to biology) but they have different
nuances and usage in each discipline. 'Species' has at least three different
definitions in biology alone (Mayr 1970).
- Gas on the Brain New Scientist
(3/10/98) The interactive effects of neurons and a long range
neurotransmitter in the brain. "This demostrates the power
provided by having two distinct yet interacting processes at
- Eco, U. (1993:1995) "The search for
the perfect language". Semiotic (structural linguistic) account of
philosophical searches for a perfect language. The conclusion is
(perhaps) that, through hyper-complexity, no single language
structure can finitely describe the universe. Instead we should look
at the poly-linguistic aspects of natural languages.
- Shiva, V. (1993) "Monocultures of the
Mind" The ecological and social (mainly agricultural) effects of
trying to describe the world in a single language. The effects of a
'dominant knowledge' as opposed to 'local knowledges'.
- Casti, J.L. (1991) "Searching for
Certainty: what scientists can know about the future." Distinctions
between explanation and prediction.
Sokal, A.D. (1996) "Transgressing the boundaries:
toward a transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity", Social Text,
46/47, Vol. 14, pp.217-252