A quick footnote on research — Helen Pritchard's post to the list introduced me to a researcher (and a research approach) hitherto unknown to me. This is Karen Barad, a physicist who is now Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. I followed Helen's notes to order Barad's remarkable book, Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning.
Looking a bit further, I discovered her web site. You can download some of her articles here:
And on her page at Academia.edu:
This work demonstrates clear thought, effective theory construction, and beautiful writing.
There is a link on Barad's UCSC faculty page to an article that is especially relevant to the conversation on the relationship between knowing and not knowing in research: "Erasers and Erasures: Pinch's Unfortunate 'Uncertainty Principle'," in Social Studies of Science, vol. 41, no. 3, Spring 2011. Responding to a critique of her book Meeting the Universe Halfway, Barad explains how (and why) we must know a great deal, and keep much of it in mind, if we are to engage in research across the interdisciplinary fields that matter today.
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