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A few weeks ago someone posted on hacker news an (oldish) long rant by a certain Steven Dutch against the weasel wording of post-modern philosophy of science.

For a physicist, being called solipsist is tantamount to being accused of inventing his experimental results, pretty much the worst thing one could do. For anyone in the humanities, people being their object of study, and people having a strong tendency to behave in solipsist ways, disregarding solipsism out of hand is inventing experimental results. Read More »


A long time ago, a bunch of fellas like Kant and his fans came up with this thing called Aufklärung or Enlightenment which meant that human reason would finally make us humans mature or free or, you know, take us to rainbow-land where the trees sing and everyone is happy. This same endeavour appears in contemporary colours everywhere, in the likes of Eliezer Yudkowsky.

Now on the other side of the intellectual ocean people like Foucault went nuts over the whole thing, claiming it was a sort of dictatorial attempt at nullifying subjectivity. Since mostly i sit firmly in this side of the fence, being a silly fanboy of Derrida, i usually sound very derisive of the first bunch, but as of now i’d like to try and make amends.

Reason got conflated with a very specific (and somewhat misguided) shade of science, that was indeed a little hasty. But maybe instead of this “reason” we could just have lucidity. Read More »

Do you know all these people who bitch about “don’t be too Cartesian”? They think “Logics” is some kind of beast, some evil force that has absolute and unshakable disrespect for everything they feel. Feyerabend (as always) knows where that comes from. Turns out in Greece Logics only meant “how to speak” and they would learn it pretty much like in Brasil we do learn Portuguese. For them “this is illogic” didn’t mean “you are wrong by the powers of reason”, it just meant “i can’t even understand what you say”. The weird thing was when some guys (who actually did this public speaking thing as a kind of show) started using things that they took from Logics to seemingly prove opinion-independent facts. Read More »