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Technicity vs Scientificity

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The relationship between technicity and scientificity is often overlooked or avoided despite being a determining factor for establishing interdisciplinarity. By focusing on this relationship and highlighting a number of its ramifications, this book sheds light on the hidden or skewed stakes that condition a wide array of scientific projects. 

The authors present different approaches based on their own professional experience, focusing on the technique-science relationship in domains as diverse as brain mapping, the decipherment of Mycenaean writing and the design process. Each chapter presents varying and often opposing epistemological conclusions to provide the reader with a wide breadth of examples in different fields.

Although the scope of this book is far from exhaustive, it serves as a starting point for the necessary and long-overdue clarification of the relationship between these neighboring, yet disjointed, sectors.


Giulia Anichini, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST), Canada

Flavia Carraro, Research Institute for the History of Technology and Science, Germany

Philippe Geslin, Neuchâtel University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Georges Guille-Escuret, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

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Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The Artisan, the Sage and the Irony: An Outline of Knowledge Sociogenesis 1

1.1 Knowledge sociogenesis? Necessary introduction 2

1.1.1 Evolution, history and conjecture: RadcliffeBrown's block 3

1.1.2 Techniques outside science, science outside techniques 5

1.2 Extra-human or peri-human technicities 8

1.2.1 Involuntary society and impersonal knowledge: termite mound and workers 8

1.2.2 Techniques and culture in chimpanzees 10

1.3 Junctions, divergences and disparities 11

1.3.1 Putting words to action? 12

1.3.2 Diversity and disparity, conjunction and separation 17

1.4 Forming a triangle: technique, science and ideology 23

1.4.1 Astronomers and architects, priests and administrators 25

1.4.2 Logic and theory without technique: first birth 30

1.4.3 Science thanks to techniques: second birth 34

1.5 The abandoned mystery: technicity 38

1.5.1 Immediate markers of technicity 40

1.5.2 Technicity, scientificity and ideology: the distinction of functions with overlapping roles 44

1.6 Technocracy and scientificity 47

1.6.1 Technocracy: two perspectives in the 1960s 48

1.6.2 Technosciences: the example of molecular biology 51

1.7 The wilting of science, for lack of dissidence 54

Chapter 2 Technicization of the Neurosciences: Uses of Image-Processing Software in Brain Research 57

2.1 Setting the scene Neuroanatomy: from scalpel to screen 59

2.2 The categories challenged by practices 62

2.3 Sulcal morphometry: between automation and scientific expertise 64

2.3.1 Recovery and creation of raw data 64

2.3.2 Production of the mask 66

2.3.3 Choosing normal brain images 68

2.3.4 Labeling the sulci 72

2.4 Comparing brain networks: theory in database exploration 77

2.4.1 Defining the variables and comparing the groups of images 81

2.4.2 Data bricolage 87

2.5 Conclusions 90

Chapter 3 Cryptography, a Human Science? Models, Matrices, Tools and Frames of Reference 97

3.1 Decipherment between science and technique, discovery and invention 98

3.1.1 Cryptographies between war and peace 99

3.1.2 An exemplary case: the decipherment of Linear B 103

3.2 The decipherer, the result and the procedure: the impossible solution and the technical compromise 106

3.3 The Grid, tool, instrument and machine, and the regime of proofs and tests 112

3.4 An applied and interdisciplinary internal and collective analysis 120

3.5 The patterns and mechanics of the documents 129

3.6 Scribes' hands and autopsy of the tablets 138

3.7 Technomycenology 144

3.7.1 Cuts of pertinence and relays, frames of reference and hierarchies 145

3.7.2 Prince Charming and the scribe of Minos 149

Chapter 4 The Beauty of Equation: The Anthropologist and the Engineer in Design Processes 155
Philippe GESLIN

4.1 The beauty of equation 160

4.2 Eleven outlines for the harmony of the equation 163

4.2.1 First outline: the circulation of technical objects orients future uses 163

4.2.2 Second outline: circulation can correct the mistakes or lack of a design process 164

4.2.3 Third outline: circulation can encourage certain material, but also discursive expansions 165

4.2.4 Fourth outline: circulation determines regimes of familiarity and temporality that summarize technological standardization They can, in certain cases, contribute to the birth of technoscapes 166

4.2.5 Fifth outline: the experience of techniques is the knowledge that their deciders, or the public, have, and not necessarily those who directly use it 168

4.2.6 Sixth outline: in the framework of circulating a technical object, it is always through the element that constitutes it and that is the most deterritorialized in relation to the context of receipt that specific forms of appropriation are noted 169

4.2.7 Seventh outline: the choice of the name given to a technical object before projects may constrain the design processes and its appropriation mechanisms 170

4.2.8 Eighth outline: the relationships between things are just as much the object of experiments as the things themselves 171

4.2.9 Ninth outline: the imitation principle underlies the circulation of things and their scale-up 172

4.2.10 Tenth outline: the proposed solutions are both the process that will lead to concrete transformations and its most visible results 173

4.2.11 Eleventh outline: the implementation of the sociotechnical points of r...


Titel: Technicity vs Scientificity
Untertitel: Complementarities and Rivalries
EAN: 9781119406266
ISBN: 978-1-119-40626-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Wiley-Iste
Genre: Sonstiges Schule und Lernen
Anzahl Seiten: 232
Veröffentlichung: 29.06.2017
Jahr: 2017
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 0.9 MB