More links (contcult)

Very soon I will write an actual post rather than throw a fistful of web links at you. Promise. In the meantime have a gander at these:

An interesting blog I stumbled across looking for critiques of Persepolis:

Hossein Derakhshan on the film version of Persepolis:

Arian sent a great link to an interview with Hamid Dabashi in the comments section of the last post. You can find that and more information here at HD’s home page.

And, just to get a foul taste of McCarthyite tactics masquerading as media analysis, take a look at the neo-Orientalists/ Islamophobes at CampusWatch

5 thoughts on “More links (contcult)

  1. zach

    Way off topic here. Today you played a cd at the begining of class, and I think I heard track 3 as Jeanne and The Darlings – Soulgirl. is that right? Which cd was that? I wanted to konw what track 2 was. Thanks

  2. Arian

    Paradigm shifts are of import as well pertaining to the social complexities behind the sciences in their (society and science) mutuality of a/effects as suggested in the novel on page 246: “”[S]he wasn’t hampered by the sort of stuff that might slow down someone who was conventionally trained: she wasn’t carrying a shit-load of theory in her head, she didn’t have to write papers or construct proofs…. She didn’t care about formal classifications.” Kuhn addresses the normalizing factors inherent in any practice, such as science, and of which he calls paradigms, something that Foucault takes much further in his transhistorical interrogation of discourses. A paradigm is a particular set of procedural standards that determine the status of the respective practice.

    Thus pages 245-252 are vital for warranting particular theory application.

    This excerpt from article says it more succinctly however uncredited: “When we look at figures like Malthus and Lamarck, we can see the way in which science not only affects society, but is also affected by society – in other words, this means that a scientist’s social background will tend to have an influence on his research and results. A scientist’s source of funding can lean on him, so to speak, in such a way that certain projects are emphasized, or that unfavourable results may be hidden from the light of day. When a scientific theory makes its way to the public, the same thing may happen: when a hypothesis can help further the cause of this faction or that one, it becomes more popular. If that faction represents the most powerful segment of society, the corresponding thesis will prevail as truth. This theme has been identified by Thomas Kuhn in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. In the nineteenth century, we can see Kuhnian theory in action when we observe Malthus and Lamarck, what influenced them, and what they influenced. Let us turn, then, to the examination of Lamarck and Malthus: the men, their projects in the sphere of the sciences, and finally, the give and take between their respective scientific and social issues.”

    Also, the idea of wetware operates subtly in the background of the novel. Wetware is basically the software of biology with ‘wet’ implying the liquid nature between “implanted” wares and their sites of flesh within the respective creature/patient. The word “wetware” is actually used in the novel. Greg Iles’ Footprints of God revolves around the wetware evolution of man into the monolithic computer Trinity. Here is an introduction of wetware:


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