Re: the passing of a champion

From: paul c <>
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2009 21:27:42 GMT
Message-ID: <iPP3m.34841$PH1.14301_at_edtnps82>

Cimode wrote:
> On 4 juil, 19:32, paul c <> wrote:
>> Keith H Duggar wrote:
> Interesting. This post mortem ghost reflexion (and I mean that in a
> respectful way) does sound like a testament to future generations of
> scientists. Once again, it is fascinating to observe that the post
> industrial Western thirst for an immediate instutionalization of
> empirical discoveries has hit the brick wall of historical science
> realism. History indeed tells a totally different story. It took
> *centuries* for Greek mathematical empirism to be rediscovered,
> corrected and clarified by Algebra (notably by Arabs, Indians and
> Persians). Why would relational model be any different ?
> The truth is that a historical perspective on contemporary science is
> always a far too risky endeavour. History of exact sciences is indeed
> made of slow-paced truth discoveries, implementation underachievements
> and rediscovered opportunities,and all of these may be separated by
> centuries of forgotten formalisms.
> It seems too early for the potential of the relational model to become
> institutionnalized by western post industrial societies where
> educational system are going down the hill, overtaken by corporate
> consumerist truth-conditionning training programs. The most probable
> scenario is that the relational model will probably be rediscovered
> some day by some unknown scientist from Africa Asia. And quite
> frankly I don't see it happening in my lifetime.
And there were so few doing the 'rediscovering'. It makes me think that the modern notion of mass literacy is an illusion. Received on Sat Jul 04 2009 - 23:27:42 CEST

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