[lit-ideas] Re: death

  • From: Eric Yost <mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 05 May 2009 16:47:22 -0400

In _The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of Scientific Discovery_, John Horgan applies Harold Bloomsian criticism to his characterization of scientists. Just as Bloom has strong and weak poets, Horgan introduces the notion of "ironic science," or mere theory-twiddling.

Maybe JLS can refresh us with a discussion of Borges's story "The Zahir," which has relevance here. Maybe Dawkins and Hitchens are asking us to sell our sense of mystery for a Zahir?
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