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non-rationality

  • by Lukas WP
  • 10 blocks • 4 months ago

"Technical rationality is by no means dead; on the contrary, it is on the rise—or, rather, seems in some ways and places on the rise and in others in decline. In more than one medical school, for example, the faculty is divided between those who emphasize the psychosocial dimensions of illness and the clinical importance of uncertain situations where there is no biotechnical "right answer."

In the social sciences, there is a powerful counterreaction to the sorts of physical sciences modes of social research that flourished after World War II. In the past twenty years, there has been a perceptible movement toward such Continental approaches as critical theory, hermeneutics, and phenomenology. Nevertheless, some departments of sociology deny tenure to faculty members who do not take a mathematical approach to the discipline; and in cognitive psychology, the movement toward cognitive sciences, with its information-processing and artificial intelligence models of mind, is currently predominant.

Some schools fight over the choice of direction or divide into separate, more or less isolated camps. Some schools tilt in one direction or another. some fields do the same. In urban design, architecture, and urban planning, for example, the heyday of analytic modeling seems to be over, at least for the time being. Schools of education, traditionally weak in quantitative, analytic modeling, sometimes put on a show of technical rationality, adopting techniques and frameworks that appear more precise than they are.

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The growing power of technical rationality, where it is growing, reduces the professional school's disposition to educate students for artistry in practice and increases its disposition to train them as technicians. And the perceived constriction of professional autonomy makes practitioners feel less free to exercise their capacities for reflection-in-action.

(Donald Schön, Educating the Reflective Practitioner 1987 pg314-315)

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Today’s city is layered with screens of all shapes and sizes and stitched together with a web of wireless networks, but woven into these modern media spaces are other, older urban media networks and infrastructures – many of which have laid
the foundation for our newer media. This project- based course is dedicated to excavating and mapping – both theoretically and practically – the layers of mediation that have shaped urban forms and informed urban experiences through several key epochs in communication history, from the oral culture of ancient Athens to the television age.
Each student, alone or in pairs, will conduct an urban media excavation – exploring, for example, how pneumatic tubes facilitated the delivery of mail in late- 19th century New York, how the rise of the film industry shaped early 20th-century Los Angeles, or how television cables served as the nervous system of new mid-20th-century suburbs. Rather than presenting this work as atomized individual projects, however, everyone will plot their sites and networks,
  and post relevant archival media, to a collaboratively designed interactive media map. Part of the class will be devoted to designing the platform by analyzing which presentation format is best suited for effectively displaying these layers of urban mediation and exploring the synergies between individual students’ projects. The class will lay historical and theoretical groundwork for examining media and the urban environment, and also introduce students to the fields of media archaeology and the digital humanities. While students will participate in the creation of interactive media maps, this hybrid course will have a strong theory component. Shannon Mattern.

New School NMDS5539: Urban Media...

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being truthful to self is one of the highest forms of grace

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some of the attraction to being an artist is the ability to stay interested in everything, and make it part of your work

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