Category Archives: objectivity

“Betwixt the beast & his meat”

I was struck by a moment early in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, when narrator Adam Ewing comes across a gathering of Moriori people observing the beating of another Moriori man, Autua. Ewing paints a gruesome picture:   “The piteous prisoner, … Continue reading

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Objectivity, and Other Myths We Tell Ourselves

I come to my literature degree still carrying the baggage of having worked in a hospital operating room for a long time. Maybe it is not surprising to say that I have left filled with images and stories, and I am still trying to find a way of articulat… Continue reading

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A Louse-y Holiday: Cavendish, Hooke, and the History of Scientific Objectivity

Christmas 2014 will forever be remembered by my family as: The Christmas of the Louse. Yep. Louse or better known by it’s plural form (because there is never just one) Lice. Imagine this: after a weekend filled with the joys of experiencing Christmas… Continue reading

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Objectivity and the Persona of the Artist

One of the recurrent images considered in Daston and Galison’s book Objectivity is that of the artist in contrast with the scientist. The most extensive discussion of this relation comes in chapter two, where generally in the eighteenth century, “t… Continue reading

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“PLANET AGAINST SEABOARD” and Other Sentimental Fictions

In his analysis of Cloud Atlas, Killian C. Quigley takes a deeper look into the sentiments that transcend the human experience and why they affect us so deeply. He considers the novel not simply a book, but a collection of human struggles that connect not only the characters within the stories, but the readers as […] Continue reading

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Bernhard Siegfried Albinus and Brian Jacques

In the following blog post, Killian C. Quigley discusses Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison’s Objectivity in conjunction with personal and societal perceptions of “nature.” The author gives a anecdotal story about how the books he read as a child influenced his contemporary view on nature, and relates it to Daston and Galison’s theories of “truth-to-nature,” […] Continue reading

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The Perfect Type

What is “perfect?” You can cite dictionary definitions, but in the end those are essentially impossible ideals to obtain. “Perfection” as we know it is almost a purely theoretical concept, used mostly as emphasis. But Dan Fang discusses perfection in the context of scientific endeavour; what is considered a “perfect” organism, so that it is […] Continue reading

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How People Do Science

Erin Pellarin, in response to Dan King’s post, further examines the idea of humans becoming things, but this time in a historical scientific context. Rather than focusing on the future world imagined in Brave New World, she instead looks to examples in our past and details how people have already been objectified in the name […] Continue reading

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