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Sheila Jasanoff on Climategate, Climate Science, and Civic Epistemologies

The following post is based on a talk given by Prof. Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University) titled ‘Planning for Uncertain Futures: Science, Expertise and Political Culture’ (May 13 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands) In 2009, the so-called Climategate affair took place. During this controversy, e-mails exchanged among climate scientists were illegitimately acquired and subsequently made available

14 May 2014
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Bruno Latour’s ‘An Inquiry into Modes of Existence’

Latour’s latest book, ‘An Inquiry into Modes of Existence’ (AIME), has been sitting on my ‘to read’ pile for a while now. ‘We Have Never Been Modern’, published in 1991, is sometimes seen as Latour’s last attempt to construct a general ontology. I was quite looking forward to reading AIME after encountering an essay by

30 Apr 2014
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Towards a Robust Realism? Simulation, Manuel Delanda, and Isabelle Stengers

Some ideas I had after reading Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason, by Manuel DeLanda, Continuum Books, 2011, 226 pp. Truth or relevance? According to scholars working in Science and Technology Studies (STS), the objectivity of science is not so much an explanation for the validity of knowledge, but needs to be explained

21 Mar 2014
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Thoughts on the 7th Infographics Conference, March 14 2014, Zeist (The Netherlands)

This year’s edition of the annual Infographics Conference featured presentations that were loosely connected by the possibilities attributed to personal data and visual representations thereof. Though I took home many things from the conference, I was mainly triggered to think about the role of designers, organizations, and technologies in the process of ‘teasing out’ worthwhile

15 Mar 2014
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