: Re: [csaa-forum] Another attack on CS in the Oz

Danny Butt db at dannybutt.net
Fri Jul 28 20:58:58 CST 2006

The Association needs to give The Australian an award for its  
distinguished Contribution to the Research Environment by stimulating  
more discussion in the discipline than any other cultural entity :).

Appropriate responses rehearsed by all - but the science analogies  
this time remind me of the great anti-ethnographic quote Laura Kipnis  
attributes to Bertolt Brecht,  (but which I've never been able to  
confirm, would love a ref.) :

"If you want to understand the laws of motion, you don't ask the  
tennis ball."

As for Emma Dawson, I think the look on her face as she thoughtfully  
chose the phrase "academic weasel words" would have said it all.



On 28/07/2006, at 7:02 PM, <cgibson at uow.edu.au> <cgibson at uow.edu.au>  

> Hi all
> For what it's worth, the 'relevance' and 'comprehensibility'  
> debates are old chestnuts in geography too. They just keep on re- 
> appearing despite all the continuing evidence to the contrary -  
> that loads of people are doing really interesting academic work  
> that is both theoretically informed and which engages communities.
> Based on this (and after years of being angry about it) I've now  
> started letting the type of arguments articulated in the Oz piece  
> through to the keeper.
> Having said that, I think it would be great if Amanda could  
> synthesise a response together that weaves in the comments of  
> others...
> Cheers
> Chris
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