The Basic Equivocation in Scientific Certainty

“Either intelligence anticipates the discovery of functional relations on which relations between measurements will converge, or else it anticipates the discovery of probabilities from which relative actual frequencies may diverge though only at random. The latter alternative has a fairly clear claim to the name ‘statistical.’ The former alternative is not limited to Newtonian mechanics,… Continue reading The Basic Equivocation in Scientific Certainty

Mathematical Certainty, Its Basic Assumptions and the Truth-Claim of Modern Science

The pitfalls of a pseudo-mathematical method, which can make no progress except by making everything a function of a single variable and assuming that all the partial differentials vanish, could not be better illustrated. For it is no good to admit later on that there are in fact other variables, and yet to proceed without… Continue reading Mathematical Certainty, Its Basic Assumptions and the Truth-Claim of Modern Science

The Problem with Zizek’s Defense of the Cartesian Subject

“Perhaps Zizek’s most radical challenge to accepted theoretical opinion is his defense of the modern, Cartesian subject. Zizek knowingly and polemically positions his writings against virtually all other contemporary theorists, with the significant exception of Alain Badiou. But for Zizek, the Cartesian subject is not reducible to the fully self assured “master and possessor of… Continue reading The Problem with Zizek’s Defense of the Cartesian Subject