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Apr 4 02 8:29 PM
Quote: all scientific knowledge is a construction. It also denies the existence of an absolute reality. Man's perception of what he/she finds real is also a construction.
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Quote: Sherry Turkel [Life On The Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet] has noted that the computer and the internet are the leading technologies moving us from a modernist culture conceptualizing a unitary core identity to a postmodern culture advancing the notion of multiple identities. Further, the "romantic reaction" to cyberculture is founded upon the objection to "disembodied" human interaction and the value placed on human emotion and "knowledge which arises in subtle interaction with the environment."
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Apr 13 02 11:33 AM
Quote: I wonder: postmodernism and fundamentalism -- polar opposites rising simultaneously in the popular consciousness in direct response to each other?
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Apr 14 02 9:23 AM
Quote: I'd phrase it this way: the fundamentalist ideology (map) is a response to a postmodern world circa 2002 (territory). ... I see fundamentalism (a map/theory of the way the world should be) as a response, not to another another "map" or theory of the way the world is/should be (postmodernism), but as a response to the present day chaotic and uncertain world.
Quote: The map is not the territory it represents.
Quote: The question I have about the various postmodern theories is whether they seek to describe the conditions of life in 2002, or whether they seek to prescribe a way of living/being in the world in 2002.
Quote: However, I think a difference between pre-modern fundamentalism and postmodern fundamentalism is that pre-modern fundamentalism was primarily a reaction to the chaos/dangers/uncertainties created by nature, while post-modern fundamentalisms are a reaction to the chaos/dangers/uncertainties created by technology.
Quote: I might agree with the statement that fundamentalists are becoming more virulent in reaction to the forms of globalization that technology has enabled, because in having contact with a larger world their own piece of that world necessarily shrinks, which would be very disconcerting indeed to someone who thinks s/he is right and everyone else is wrong. A test of this theory would be to examine previous fundamentalist surges and whether they coincided with increased interaction with other civilizations.
Apr 14 02 11:20 AM
Quote: Why assign theory a representational, symbolic role, and not the society said to be expressing that theory -- as indeed has happened before? Why not both themselves maps, even responses: each shaped by the other; each showing a different, polar perspective; each apparently unable to appreciate that the other is no less valid a map than itself -- but to something deeper than either (my personal view)?
Apr 14 02 11:27 PM
Quote: so, we have no territories anymore, and all we have are maps? ... Just to note, your desire to make everything into signs/symbols/abstractions is very postmodern ala structuralism.
Quote: Therefore, all meaning exists in a relative position to all other meaning.... we recognize that meaning is linked in a system we no longer control. The system contains more meaning that humans can sort - thus anyone can be proved right or wrong at any given moment via a wrinkling of the system of meaning. There are many ways to live with this awareness, one of which is to try to control the system.
Quote: 3. similarly, do you see any difference between a theory about what's actually going on in the world, and what's actually going on in the world?
Apr 15 02 12:03 AM
Quote: And what would earth and map and construct alike be expressions of, then? There, I think, we find our missing absolute ...
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