It's a Battlefield Out There

Charles Miller bautiste at
Tue Dec 8 22:28:55 PST 1998

James Heartfield writes:

I'm often infuriated by the argument that somehow science is inherently 'western'. This is an attitude that mirrors the Eurocentric prejudice that those ignorant folk sitting in darkness won't understand modern science, and could not be expected to work a complex machine or handle a vaccine syringe.


The Greeks, Aztecs, Incas, and Chinese made scientific discoveries. The usual distinction drawn by historians of science is that between science as expounded by Descartes amd Positivists, as opposed to the scientific world-view of say, Aristotle. If you compare the world-views you will see the differences. Heidegger has some interesting things to say about this.

chuck miller

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