From: Tom Bowden <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 17:43:58 -0800 (PST) Fwd Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 02:01:47 -0500 Subject: Postmodernism [was: The Dark Side Of...] >From: Larry Hatch <email@example.com> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2003 12:19:35 -0800 >Subject: Re: The Dark Side Of Postmodernism >Forgive me for this, but can anyone give a clear, >concise, and cogent definition of Post-Modernism in >say 100 words or less? <snip> Larry, I will give it a try. I gather from reading some posts that it is a relatively recent (?) philosophy that repudiates the establishment of objective reality, where objective reality was previously assumed to be defined based on a collective consent that we "all" can see, hear, touch and therefore agree that we know the same facts about the physical world (Modernism??). It is kind of a "yes, but" appended to this common-sense approach to the world in the context we think of as physical reality, where you can imagine someone saying, "Yes, but you really don't know if I see this thing the same as you do, or that these sounds sound the same to me as they do to you", etc. I supposed this means that anyone's attempts to explain anything in terms of scientific data are futile in the mind of a post- modernist because everything is open to interpretation based on each individual's reality context, therefore there is no possible absolute standard of concrete, scientific evidence. This is the kind of stuff that some people love to expound about, but it appears that people who really can accomplish anything of any use in the world never waste one moment thinking about this sort of stuff. There. I did not count the words, but I gave it my best shot. Anyone who does not like my definition should take a stab at it, but if they intend to get deeper into philosobabble, no one is going to understand it anyway. Furthermore, they can just decide that this posting, and indeed this entire list is not real according to their interpretation of reality, and then who gives a . . . Never mind. Tom B.
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