domingo, 21 de noviembre de 2010

A master from Germany

Un maestro de Alemania

  Karl Popper

Martin Heidegger 

I'm reading "A master from Germany" (R. Safransky), about the biography of Heidegger and his time.
The question is where could we find the relationship between this book and the prostate, since Heidegger's philosophy concerned about being and time?...well, something does, at least i thing so, let's tray to explain.
 As the scientist that i'd like to be (although perhaps doesn't arrive farther than a mere consumer of science), I worry about I'm reading  in scientific journals. They often publish studies of questionable reliability, as evidenced by the constant presence of contrary conclusions carried out by separate teams despite its apparent respect to the scientific method. The worry even increases wen some inconsistencies become a truly fashion among the medical community, inviting us to thing in a certain way, and just a few years later every thing changes and it's supposed that we should thing the contrary.
Well, as the philosophy has a section called epistemology, in order to figure out how to get the knowledge  with a certain degree of reliability, and one of the the most lucid writers on epistemology was K. Popper, in recent years I occasionally read this author. He taught me to distinguish what is known scientifically based, from matters merely intuited and published as if they were. Interestingly I learned more of how to do a rigorous and critical study in "The open society and its enemies", where Popper analyzes the human evil hidden under the respectable Plato's old look, than in "The logic of scientific discovery". Perhaps because i prefer about Popper his rigor and honesty, witch in the second book is just explained, but in the first widely used.
Yes, Popper, I mentioned him a philosopher that I knew  while drinking wines and he told me that he worked with Heidegger 50 years ago. I spoke about Popper because it was the only philosopher remembered enough by me to keep the conversation going, and remaining able to get surprised with something interesting. The man was dedicated to ontology, as Hiedegger was, whom he hated as a person but he admired as a thinker, a paradox hard to me to understand. Because I wanted to know from long time (Heidegger), i decided to buy "A master...".
Now I'm trying to empathize with the scholastics and Heidegger's tricks to make up the puzzle whose pieces are a doctoral dissertation, a reactionary education funded by the Catholics, some pitfalls to avoid going to war and a Jewish phenomenologist called Husserl.
And once again, What's the relationship of the above mentioned to the prostate? it is very clear: making something very, very complicated, threating with illness and death and then showing the silver bullet. This is very well explained by Popper: if you know the reasons why a man develop philosopher and write, you will be able to guess what he writes before you read it, as well, if you know the reasons why some american urologist urged to investigate the healthy prostates you will be able to understand why they are still keeping on recommend, though it is useless.

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