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Re: The Dark Side Of Postmodernism - Hall

From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2003 21:27:30 +0000
Fwd Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 01:32:36 -0500
Subject: Re: The Dark Side Of Postmodernism - Hall


 >From: Brenda Denzler <bdenzler1@email.msn.com>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 08:05:49 -0500
 >Subject: Re: The Dark Side Of Postmodernism

 >>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99@hotmail.com>
 >>To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >>Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2003 00:15:43 +0000
 >>Subject: Re: The Dark Side Of Postmodernism

 >>Furthermore, what the hell exactly does "post- modern" mean? I
 >>have not heard any definition. In this context, what does "pre-
 >>modern" and "modern" mean? Or are we just playing with words and
 >>claiming that, somehow "truth" (or whatever these post-
 >>modernists substitute as a concept of what we should believe) is
 >>obtainable through literary analysis, but not through scientific
 >>method?

 >From *A Primer on Postmodernism* by Stanley Grenz:
 >Deconstructionists say that "meaning is not inherent in a text
 >itself...but emerges only as the interpreter enters into
 >dialogue with the text....Postmodern philosophers applied the
 >theories of the literary deconstructionists to the world as a
 >whole....Reality will be 'read' differently by each knowing self
 >that encounters it.  This means that there is no one meaning of
 >the world, no transcendent center to reality as a whole....The
 >central dictum of postmodern philosophy:  'All is difference.'
 >This sweeps away the 'uni' of the 'universe' sought by the
 >Enlightenment project.  It abandons the quest for a unifired
 >grasp of objective reality.  It asserts that the world has no
 >center, only differing viewpoints and perspectives....In the
 >postmodern world, people are no longer convinced that knowledge
 >is inherently good....The postmodern mind refuses to limit truth
 >to its rational dimension and thus dethrones the human intellect
 >as the arbiter of truth.  There are other valid paths to
 >knowledge besides reason, say the postmoderns, including the
 >emotions and the intuition.  Finally, the ppostmodern mind no
 >longer accepts the Enlightenment belief that knowledge is
 >objective..., because the universe is not mechanistic...but
 >rather historical, relational, and personal....The postmodern
 >worldview operates with a community-based understanding of
 >truth....They focus instead on what is held to be true within a
 >specific community.  They maintain that truth consists in the
 >ground rules that facilitate the well-being of the
 >community...."  (pp. 6-8).

Brenda,

Thanks. Okay, that's about what I thought. Sure sounds like the
Subjectivism bordering on Solipsism that I encountered in my
studies toward a B.A. in Philosophy. "There are other valid
paths to knowledge..." sounds suspiciously like New Age blather
to me. Without any objective measures of truth, one can charge
off in any direction and believe what one wants.

Science (or more properly, scientific method) may be flawed in
some respects insofar as it at times may not encompass
borderline phenomena as valid subjects as much as it should, but
it's the best we have. I'll take it over intuition and tea-leaf
reading any day.

The Bennett-style post-modernists also sound very much like the
Rationalists of old (though they seem to use the word
differently) in that they reject Empricism and think that by
Pure Reason (unaccompanied by objective facts) they can
determine Truth.

Bah, humbug!


  - Dick




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