SCIENCE-AS-CULTURE Digest - [forwarded]

Lisa Rogers LROGERS at
Thu Aug 15 09:10:53 MDT 1996

  1. _Science as Culture_ no. 25 has appeared
  2. Book Announcement
From:    Robert Maxwell Young <robert at RMY1.DEMON.CO.UK>
Subject: _Science as Culture_ no. 25 has appeared

Volume 5, Part 4 (No. 25) has appeared in the US and will soon
'The water closet: public and private meanings' by  Marja Gastelaars
'Sex in the age of virtual reality' by Slavoj Zizek
'Naming the heavens: a brief history of earthly projections, Part I:
        nativizing Hellenic science' by  Scott L. Montgomery
'Farm pollution as environmental crime' by  Philip Lowe _et al_.
'Contested expertise: plant biotechnology and social movements' by
Derrick Purdue

_Media Freedom: The Contradictions of Communications in the Age of
Modernity_ by Richard Barbrook, reviewed by John Barker
_Contested Technology: Ethics, Risk and Public Debate_, edited by
Rene von Schomberg, reviewed by Alison J. Hill
_Juvenile Violence in a Winner-Loser Culture_ by Oliver James,
reviewed by Vincenzo Ruggiero

_SaC_ 26 will include:
'Reducing AIDS risk: a case of mistaken identity?' by Simon Carter
'The Californian Ideology' by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron
'A spoonful of blood: Haitians, racism and AIDS' by Laurent Dubois
'Naming the heavens: a brief history of earthly projections, Part II:
        nativizing Arab science' by Scott L. Montgomery

_SaC_ 27 will include:
'The corporate suppression of inventions, conspiracy theories and an
ambivalent American dream' by Stephen DeMeo
'Death comes alive: technology and the re-conception of death'
        by Karen Cerulo and Janet Ruane
'Inoculating gadgets against ridicule' by Mike Michael
'Sperm stories: romantic, entrepreneurial and environmental
narratives about treating male infertility' by Kirsten Dwight

In future issues:
'Designing flexibility: science and work in the age of flexible
accumulation' by Emily Martin
'Healthy bodies, healthy citizens: the anti-secondhand smoke
campaign' by Roddy Reid
'Israel's first test-tube baby' byDaphna Birenbaum Carmeli

160pp. _Science as Culture_ is published quarterly by Process Press
Ltd. in Britain:
and Guilford Publications Inc. in North America: info at
For information about subscriptions and a list of back issues (half
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Robert Maxwell Young:  robert at  26 Freegrove Rd.,
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Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Studies, Centre for
Psychotherapeutic Studies, University of  Sheffield. Home page and
writings:  Process Press publications:
 'One must imagine Sisyphus happy.' - Camus

Subject: Book Announcement

This is a book which readers of science-as-culture might find of
For more information see:

_Catching Ourselves in the Act: Situated Activity,
Interactive Emergence, Evolution, and Human Thought_
by Horst Hendriks-Jansen

This book presents a philosophical and methodological critique of
current cognitive science and puts forward an alternative explanatory
framework based on situated robotics, ethology, and recent
discoveries in developmental psychology.  It suggests that human
infants are born with species-typical activity patterns that have
evolved to engage the attention of adults, seduce them into
intentional interpretations of the infant s behavior, and in this way
establish the patterns of interaction that are essential to early
Situated activity and interactive emergence are concepts that derive
>from the new discipline of autonomous agent research. The book puts
these notions on a firm philosophical basis and uses them to anchor a
genetic or historical explanation of mental phenomena.  A thorough
overview of the new discipline is provided and its foundational
issues are discussed, revealing methodological affinities between
situated robotics and ethology that allow the natural kinds of the
proposed explanatory framework to be grounded through natural

A Bradford Book
July 1996
ISBN 0-262-08246-2
367 pp.
US $35.00.   UKL22.50

The MIT Press*55Hayward Street*Cambridge, MA  02142*617.625.8569

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