Skepdick wrote: ↑Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:49 am
That's a beautiful sob story. Not sure what it has to do with the price of eggs in China, but it's beautiful anyway.
What's even more beautiful is that you decided to preach Russian history to a Russian.
Good thing Vasili was able to persuade his commanding officer to stop, because he would've hat to shoot him otherwise.
The man who "Saved the World" demonstrated that society has sufficient safety mechanisms against human idiocy.
What was the safety mechanism against the Black Death? Idiot
The story was intended to show you that human beings are very capable of destroying "humanity", and i would rate them a greater threat than "nature". Given it is a miracle that we did not succeed in destroying ourselves on 27th October, 1962; and again in the 1980 when a seemingly trivial systems cock-up in the US almost triggered a global nuclear holocaust.
But you are right, the main topic at hand is Postmodern philosophy, and I see you are one of its cheerleaders. I was trying to work out how any reasonably intelligent human being (which is what you appear to be) could possibly be duped into supporting a worldview that even Daffy Duck would find ridiculous, when you solved the riddle for me.The Fathers of Postmodernism: Derrida, Foucault, Lacan and Co. were all Orthodox Marxists and Postmodern theory is deeply rooted in fundamental Marxist precepts. Given that you are (1) Russian and (2) 36 years old, a quick calculation suggests that you were born in the former USSR - a Marxist - communist state (aka "The Evil Empire"). If we hypothesise that you grew up there as a child, the Marxist cultural indoctrination you were exposed to could largely explain your inherent sympathies for loony leftist meta-narratives like Social Constructionism and Postmodernism ? Am I correct "Tovarich" ?
To continue. let me quickly illustrate the intellectual bankruptcy of Postmodern philosophical theory for you. I am a scientist by training, so I'll use scientific-type examples to make my points...
As you know, Skeptic, one of the most distinctive hallmarks of Postmodern philosophy is its epistemic cultural relativism. Consider this...
When I try unsuccessfully, to squeeze a tennis ball into a wine bottle, I do not try several wine bottles and several tennis balls before using Mills cannons of induction, I arrive inductively at the hypothesis that tennis balls do not fit into wine bottles. If I judge that tennis balls do not fit into wine bottles, can you show me, Skeptic, precisely how it is that my gender, sex, sexual orientation, historical and spatial location, class, race/ethnicity, etc; undermine the objectivity of this judgement ?
Next...Could you explain the following little pearl of Postmodernist wisdom for me..
When the prominent Postmodern philosopher, Laurie Calhoun was asked if it was a fact Giraffes are taller than ants, she replied: "It's not a fact, rather, an article of religious belief in our culture." (? ?)
I'm glad to hear this because the ocean beaches near where I live are full of sharks, so you can't surf them. This is because everyone says its a fact that sharks have razor sharp teeth and extremely powerful jaws and will eat you alive in 2 minutes flat if they spot you in their turf and feel like a tasty snack. But now, - having been enlightened by Postmodern philosophy -, I understand that this is not a fact, merely "an article of belief in our culture", I wont hesitate in future to ignore the "WARNING SHARKS - NO SWIMMING" signs when I'm at the coast. I just jump straight into ocean then paddle out into the Blue Pacific to catch a few curls.
To continue. physicists Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont addressed the same kind of problem from the perspective of science, writing...
"Who could now seriously deny the "grand narrative" of evolution, except someone in the grip of a far less plausible master narrative such as Creationism? And who would deny the truth of basic physics?" The answer was "some postmodernists.
"There is something very odd indeed in the belief that in looking for causal laws or a united theory, or in asking whether atoms really do obey the laws of Quantum Mechanics, the activities of scientists are inherently "bourgeois", "Eurocentric" or "masculinist" or "militarist." (I encourage you to read the whole paper by Sokal and Bricmont, Skeptic, you can find it quite easily online. it really is LOL funny, precisely because the dickhead postmodernists they quote are all deadly serious. One stupid PoMo bitch - a genuine professor at some legitimate university in the US is quoted at length explaining why electrons and quarks are not subatomic particles, rather they' are just two male sexist constructs )
Finally, One of the most disgraceful and embarrassing incidents I have ever had the misfortune to witness was the treatment Charles Murray (an eminent Conservative academic from Harvard, who co-authored the groundbreaking book on Social Policy: "The Bell Curve" with Richard Herrnstein in 1994) received when he arrived to give a speech at an American university last year. When Murray arrived on the campus of Middlebury College, he and a female academic companion were set upon by an angry mob of foul-mouthed, pimply, PoMo students (Social Justice Warriors) screaming insults and threats.A one point the mob of SJWs began to chant repetitively as one...
"Science has always been used to legitimise racism, sexism, classism, transphobism, ableism and homophobia, all veiled as rational and fact and supported by the government and state. In the world today there is no true objective fact."
Dachshund (Der Uberweiner) WOOF !! WOOF !!........................(Beware the dog)