Understanding Daksha's Work

This blog will be my footsteps - footsteps as I follow Daksha's work. I have considerable experience of science work and also science education. Not so much experience of art. Perhaps it might be better to being: this blog will be my footsteps as I follow Daksha's shadow. I might not even get as far as that. Well we shall see.

But there must be some light to cast a shadow. So with that in mind I should explain, that both Daksha and I are interested in the science studies work of Bruno Latour. His ideas will provide a little light perhaps. For myself, I think Latour's account of 'circulating reference' is one of the most important contributions to contemporary philosophy. Providing a framework for understanding scientific practice which is not the consequence of clever human language - but instead a serious and honourable commitment to non-human things on their non human terms.

Exactly what I mean - a serious and honourable commitment to non-human things on their non-human terms - I will explain through this Blog. Indeed I hope that gradually that will emerge in pictures and in model illustrations in addition to my words. Again we will see - in time. For now - in this beginning - I must only underline the fact that what I am looking for is not the linguistic turn of contemporary philosophy. And since development of science education is one important purpose of this project, shared between Daksha, myself and Richard Wingate (Head of Anatomy at Kings College) I will repeat that more specifically in teaching terms: this Blog is intended as an antidote, alternative and therapy for the horrid (and in my mind wrong) direction of contemporary science education which emphasis only human reason, cleverness and, argument as if the purpose of science is to talk the world around while actually it goes to pot. I have drawn this situation in the cartoon below. It is very serious. Although of course, it is a joke as well.

Ah well - at least I have got started.

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