3 thoughts on “Manners

  1. Thanks for the link. Some years ago I spent a lot of time with a friend whose field is pure mathematics, and who would switch into that very mode of questioning in all kinds of social situations: one-on-one, at one person in a group, and even addressing a whole group. At the time I couldn’t figure it out: stripped of its disciplinary context, it seemed needlessly interrogatory. However, a few years down the line, I understand a bit more about how our disciplinary habits can get encoded into all kinds of every day activity, especially if (as in the case I think of some or many mathematicians, hard scientists and philosophers) we are intellectually convinced that our methods of questioning and inquiry lead to–shall we say truthiness?

  2. Ah, truthiness… I’m more a plausibility person myself, but yes, most disciplines think their methods are veristic.

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