The conversation took a turn for the ugly. Were my problems with him, or were they with his philosophy? I asked him, “If paradigms are really incommensurable, how is history of science possible? Wouldn’t we be merely interpreting the past in the light of the present? Wouldn’t the past be inaccessible to us? Wouldn’t it […]
☛ Frank and Ernest by Bob Thaves: “Paradigm Shift”, originally published on February 26, 1998. Hi-res version found here. © 1998 by Thaves. If you rather get yourself a “Shift Happens” bumper sticker, Zazzle sells them.
So I started arguing with him about this inherent contradiction: being an historian of science and at the same time preaching a doctrine that made history of science impossible. And it got nasty, it got really nasty. […] And then he threw the ashtray. And he missed. I always wanted to film a reenactment… ☛ […]