This is the final image from last night:
I’ve totally lost all perspective; I’ll see how it goes down in class.
Our theory module, meanwhile, is called ‘Technologies and the Self’. Here’s an excerpt from the first week’s required reading material:
Martin Heidegger has shown how modern science and technology are essentially defined by this mathematical character, and how this decision to decide things in advance of their appearance according to a pre-established criterion differentiates the modern scientific attitude from any scientific attitude which preceded it. Modern science is not simply mathematical in the sense of the application of numbers to nature – the Greeks, Egyptians, and Babylonians had already done so much earlier; it is also, and more profoundly, mathematical in its decision to regard nature as essentially numerical in character, and to subject the very appearance of things to numerical conditions. Galileo, speaking of the book of nature, says, for example, that ‘…[it] is written in the mathematical language,’ and in this respect what counts and matters about things is no longer how we sense them and make sense of them but how they accord with the web of mathematical relations we have already established for them.
Mustn’t pre-judge. Mustn’t pre-judge.
Screw it, I’m going to pre-judge. To the extent that I have any clue what the above means, it seems to get the scientific method backwards. Which, based on last year’s theory modules, is pretty typical.
In a few weeks, Lacan! He of the famous the-square-root-of-minus-one-equals-the-erectile-organ gibberish. Maybe he’s more sensible in other fields, though. Mustn’t pre-judge.