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Logic & Scientific Philosophy

A Post-Modern Outlook on Science – Julie

As a byproduct of the horrors of the Holocaust, a lost outlook on art, literature, and science arose rampant. From the works of Kurt Vonnegut to Jackson Pollock, a taste for confusion and abstract perspectives is obvious. After the war, in debt and longing for war, the ambiance was rather angsty… skeptical if you will.

The whole objective of science is to create an objective method to find an objective truth. However, how can one be continued objective in this world of context and personal bias. In the post modernist view, the world should be objective, looking and searching for a single truth… or a set of certain truths. But science is a way of thinking, in which no one can be objective. We have a set of lenses in which we choose what to search for. What can we tolerate? What do we need to discover? The softest, shiniest hair or a cure for the common cold.

“Nothing is outside of the text.” Of Grammatology, Jaques Derridas

If you think about it… in a completely post modernist view… science is rather is silly. Just a bunch of farts really. On insisting that they are indeed searchers for the truth, they are ignoring the influence of context and personal bias. Of course, we can distance ourselves from it, but we can never detach anything human led study from our culture and its detriments. With the abstract view of a post modernist, there are multiple truths to each journey. Outcomes and experiments can mean different things to different people.

No. There’s no such thing as climate change… according to the fat check signed by Exxon Mobil. Somehow, the Tesla-esque curious nature of humans have been replaced by financial responsibility to donors and grants. It has been swayed, but has it been erased?

Since the introduction of currency, it has left a permanent residual mark upon our culture. In my personal opinion, our education system in which we are all supposed to be lawyers, doctors, and movie stars has swayed halted our progress. In all honesty, not all of us were meant to be models, scientists, or politicians. Some of us were meant to be factory workers, clerks… and teachers. Sorry, teachers.

You’ve all heard, “You want to be a what? A teacher?

The way we view different roles in our society has become perverse in regards to who and what we value. We value only but the wealthiest, powerful, and famous individuals; that shouldn’t be the case. In this North American culture of individualism and personal liberty (which I love and cherish), we have lost sight of the power of the group. Hate to get all socialist on you.

Indeed we are only as powerful as our weakest link. If we look at all the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, sloth, greed, wrath, envy, pride, they are all deadly because they are all aspects of self righteousness. They become self-induced as one stops thinking of others, valuing others. If we look at the European education systems, particularly in Germany, towards the end of their secondary education students indulge themselves in either academia or vocational practices. And when you read the word “vocational”, if you are from North America or perhaps Asia, you probably cringed. Vocational… what’s wrong with that? Nothing. Some people were meant to be factory workers, fantastic factory workers… teachers, amazing teachers… and above that people.

In the BBC documentary Modern Masters, in regards to Andy Warhol, someone mentions that his greatest work of Warhol was Warhol himself. Personally, the Generation Y “dilemma” of self-entitlement and depression is due to the ideals and goals set before us. As Tyler Durden says in the novel, Fight Club, “We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t.” And is there anything wrong with that? I’d like to think a rather arrogant thought, when I leave this earth. I became the best person I could possibly be. I am the best THING I have created on this earth. Sorry, non-existent, potential, future children.

…then again… that’s all subjective.

No. Science will never be objective. Science is a way of thought, induced by our thirst for knowledge and darned curiosity, and tainted by our own personal lens and responsibility to grants and donors. This idea of individual success is wayward. I mean, you wouldn’t teach a school of fish that someday everyone would become a bird. Only two or three would become birds… obviously. Be the best fish you can be.

Great steaks for the sake of great steaks! Great science for the sake of great science!

I’m not saying, stop dreaming to be the next mover or shaker. We all like to dream… make believe… pretend to be something we’re not. That’s sort of how we get our Teslas and Turings, Zuckerbergs and Spielbergs. I guess that’s how we are bound to achieving true personal success. Progress for the sake of progress!

There is no such thing as out of context… but we can sure try. It’s a funny thing, science. It’s the most certain uncertainty there is.

 

 

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