fuck yeah, science fiction!All things sci-fi
I’m glad you like it. That makes two of us :)
My feelings precisely.
Hi. I don’t fully understand what you mean by ‘standardised in those places’. However, I will attempt a response. The type of knowledge that we tend to call ‘scientific’ and therefore, valid knowledge, is entirely dependant on the tradition of positive, fact-based rationality, which arose of the Enlightment. That rationality is of western origin, and it emphasizes that fact by encircling the knowledge that it produces within a boundary of reality, of truth. It basically says, only the knowledge that adheres to this rules is valid, and only because it is valid can it be considered truth. All other models of knowledge are rejected, and are called mystical or mythical or pseudo-scientific.
Let’s take an example. Traditional chinese medicine. Since it is based on a model of knowledge that doesn’t fit with modern, evidence-based medicine, it is rejected and the validity of its claims questioned. That much is also true of many other instances of science and knowledge from different parts of the world. We are only now becoming aware of the advances made in eastern and ancient civilizations, because for a large period of time, scientific discourse was dominated by a closely guarded elite of powerful men in western civilization.
My point isn’t about wether other cultures did or did not engage in scientific practices, or even if they are capable of doing so. Both of those points are uncontestable, I think. But rather that the dominion of science, the dominion of what knowledge is valid and scientific, has rested squarely on an elite of european and northamerican institutions, the universities, colleges, research centers and publishing moguls that make up an industry, the modern science industry.
Let me know what you think.
That is true, Lovecraft was racist. What do you think should be the appropiate response to that?