Markley: Reality and Science

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“Radical critiques of science that seek to escape the constraints of deterministic dialectics must also give over narrowly conceived debates about realism and truth to investigate what kind of realities – political realities – might be engendered by a dialogical bootstrapping. Within a dialogically agitated environment, debates about reality become, in practical terms, irrelevant. ‚Reality,‘ finally, is a historical construct.” (p. 270) #Markley #science #reality

Olsen/Shanks/Webmoor/Witmore: Time

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“A linear temporality lays out the drama in advance. In this sense, it is teleological. This is what we mean when we emphasize that time does not constitute the sorting. We must understand time as the other way round. Time arises out of the relations. We have everything to gain by understanding time in this way. The first payoff: the pasts live again. They are proximate. They have action. They matter in more ways than the detached glass case of modernism permits. If we can no longer seek to purify pasts from the present world in advance, then we can no longer do so when we build accounts of these pasts.” (p. 153) #Olsen #Shanks #Webmoor #Witmore #time #past #present

Hammersley: Percolation and Diffusion Processes

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“A percolation process is the spread of a fluid through a medium under the influence of a random mechanism associated with the medium. This contrasts with a diffusion process, where the random mechanism is associated with the fluid.” (p. 790) #Hammersley #percolation #diffusion #process

Rancière: Deux histoires

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“Ainsi se trouve révoquée la ligne de par­tage aristotélicienne entre deux «his­toires» – celle des historiens et celle des poètes -, laquelle ne séparait pas seule­ment la réalité et la fiction, mais aussi la succession empirique et la nécessité construite.” (p. 59) #Rancière #histoire