Postmodernism and science

John McCreery (JLM@TWICS.COM)
Wed, 4 Oct 1995 08:31:39 +0900

Brian Howell writes,

"What postmodernity offers is the notion that science
is not a "cosmological category". "Science" is every bit
as subject its social context as art and religion."

To which the only proper reply is, "So?"

If that is all, the contribution is very thin. Scientists
can point to all sorts of interesting consequences of
what they do. Satellites fly, computer networks work,
bosons appear as predicted, vaccines prevent disease,
hybrid crops are bigger, and, oh yes, nuclear weapons
and other nasties work, too. When, I wonder, does
invoking "post-modernism" become more than
whining by intellectual buggy whip makers in a world
full of automobiles?

John McCreery