Q:Donna Haraway is an example of a postmodernist who understands science (triple majored in biology, philosophy, literature) and actually calls out the abuse of scientific language such as "vibration". Still rather impenetrably written as postmodernists are want to do, and I've only read the essay "A Cyborg Manifesto", but I do have the impression that she is pretty grounded in physical reality.
Hi! I don’t know her so I can’t say if her science is reliable. But surely there are some people meaningful into postmodernism… even perhaps some epistemic knowledge can be extracted from this movement… but I fear that not much, and probably insignificant compared to the damage and confusion created in the twentieth century. IMHO.
Men who have an excessive faith in their theories or in their ideas are not only poorly disposed to make discoveries but they also make very poor observations.
[Computer science] is not really about computers — and it’s not about computers in the same sense that physics is not really about particle accelerators, and biology is not about microscopes and Petri dishes…and geometry isn’t really about using surveying instruments. Now the reason that we think computer science is about computers is pretty much the same reason that the Egyptians thought geometry was about surveying instruments: when some field is just getting started and you don’t really understand it very well, it’s very easy to confuse the essence of what you’re doing with the tools that you use.
Science, my boy, is composed of errors, but errors that it is right to make, for they lead step by step to the truth.
Modern theories did not arise from revolutionary ideas which have been, so to speak, introduced into the exact sciences from without. On the contrary they have forced their way into research which was attempting consistently to carry out the programme of classical physics—they arise out of its very nature. It is for this reason that the beginnings of modern physics cannot be compared with the great upheavals of previous periods like the achievements of Copernicus. Copernicus’s idea was much more an import from outside into the concepts of the science of his time, and therefore caused far more telling changes in science than the ideas of modern physics are creating to-day.
Basic research is like shooting an arrow into the air and, where it lands, painting a target.