Tuesday, 29 November 2011
“My friend's question, on the shore of the lake, shaded by the chalet's roof from the tropical noontime sun in this austral winter, becomes clear to me at last: ‘Do you believe in reality?’ means ‘Are you willing to accept this settlement of epistemology, morality, politics, and psychology?’ - to which the quick and laughing answer is, obviously, ‘No! Of course not! Who do you think I am? How could I believe reality to be the answer to a question of belief asked by a brain-in-a-vat terrified of losing contact with an outside world because it is even more terrified of being invaded by a social world stigmatised as inhuman?’” - Latour, B., 1999. Pandora's Hope, Harvard Univ Pr, p. 13.