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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Interesting Quote

It's hard for me to believe anyone could write the following sentence for any reason, but it does indeed exist in a published and apparently much discussed book:
In that case, why is it not as illuminating and honest to refer to Newton's laws as "Newton's rape manual" as it is to call them "Newton's mechanics"? 
[1] Sandra Harding, The Science Question in Feminism (Cornell University Press, 1987), p. 113.

I would find it hysterically funny if it didn't point to what I think is a severe sickness in western culture.


Clovis e Adri said...


It looks like western culture is sick in many ways. For one, their middle age men look to be killing themselves, literally.

But this? Other than 'social science' departments, no one can possibly care for such waste of trees.

Bret said...


A lot of students take courses from those 'social science' departments and a fair number get degrees. I think this is the sort of thing being taught. I'm not sure the extent of thinking like the above or specifically how many students are taught, so maybe you're right.