[The whole problem, Latour contends, lies in the fact that philosophers always begin too late. Hegel famously proclaimed that the Owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of dusk. By this Hegel meant that philosophical knowledge only occurs after a process has completed itself... Latour’s modest and admirably naive proposal is for us to follow the practice of the scientist in the laboratory. Reference, contends Latour, is not a memesis or adequatio between word and thing, but rather “…the quality of the chain of transformation [and] the viability of its circulation” (310). In order to illustrate this thesis, Latour follows the laboratory work of four scientists in Boa Vista consisting of two pedologists (scientists who study subsoil), a geographer, and a botanist. Their laboratory is not a white sanitary room filled with instruments, but rather the savanna and the jungle itself.
The question they are attempting to resolve is that of whether or not the savanna is advancing on the jungle or whether the jungle is advancing on the savanna. Because there are disciplinary differences between the scientists, this question does not admit of straightforward resolution. The Factory of Truth: Towards an Object-Oriented Epistemology
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[At the individual level, if a claim has been publicly made and a method provided for its verification, it becomes a possibility of experience. To verify it or not then becomes individual choice. If one is in a field where a number of people have verified such a claim and/or are involved in verifying such claims, then one takes it as a probable possibility with universal connotations. Still, "fact" remains unrealized until one experiences it and what we have in-between is the indefinable range of the greyscale between fact and opinion. Such a pluralistic view becomes inevitable in the transition from modernity to postmodernity, or from humanism to posthumanism. This transiton is marked by the destabilization of the concept of Humanity so assiduously set in place by the Enlightenment with the scientific method and the replacement of the general understanding of the Human from a definable to a transitional being. Re: Yogic epistemology Debashish Science, Culture and Integral Yoga Sun 12 Jul 2009 11:40 AM PDT]
Yoga bridges differences, interlaces plurality, and harmonizes alienation. The trick, hence, is to be in the game. [TNM]