bryankam , to science group
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You can tell is thinking of , PI here: "to imagine a language means to imagine a form of life." This is from "Scientific Knowledge as Historical Product," 1977, first essay in The Essential Tension and also in The Last Writings of Thomas S. Kuhn.

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  • bryankam , to history group
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    I released a Clerestory : https://pod.fo/e/228c45

    Has the Human Experience Changed? with Isabela Granic @IsabelaG

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    Trailer video in which Isabela and Bryan speak the following text: Isabela: because as soon as we start being attuned to the possibility that there are obviousnesses that we are not aware of, the questions become more interesting and they become historical questions. Bryan: Yeah. Where Neither/Nor nor comes to is that: All concepts are cultural artifacts that are generated by some kind of evolutionary processes. That means they have a birth in time, that means they are subject to evolutionary pressure over time. They shift meanings a lot; they change, and yet they can be so baked into the fabric of society that we don't perceive them as things that have a beginning in history. Right? Mm-hmm. Something like an iPhone now is this just obviously self evidently natural part of our reality. But of course, a few decades ago, that word has no meaning at all. And so that's just an extreme example. But what I'm saying in Neither/Nor nor is that all words are like iPhone. Yes, yes. Which is that, there was a time before there was this word, and knowing about an iPhone doesn't tell you a lot about how microprocessors developed in the 20th century. The developments in different types of computing architecture, and it doesn't tell you anything about the mining techniques required to get the rare earth metals to make these things. It tells you none of that, right? Mm-hmm. And yet all of those are necessary conditions for the existence of the iPhone.

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