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Published: 01 January 2006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8812-8
...appendix b t h e u n c e r t a i n t y p r i n c i p l e i s n o t t h e b a s i s o f c o m p l e m e n t a r i t y Einstein was tenacious in his e orts to find a way to defeat the uncertainty principle, and his arguments inevitably focus on the question of disturbance. But one should not depend...
Published: 12 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375074-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7507-4
Published: 12 October 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7507-4
Published: 18 October 2019
DOI: 10.1215/9781478007159-005
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0715-9
... itself. On one level, in my initial impressions, the march did seem to reflect ste- reotypes about animal activism that existed not just in the mass media but in theoretical contexts. Commemorating animals could be seen as precisely the form of sentimentalism that has been used to trivialize activist...
Published: 23 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012580-004
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1258-0
... in a mode of potential uncertainty that is, pandemics are thought about and acted upon as incalculable futures and therefore uninsurable risks.14 Although the probability that a par tic u lar strain will cause a pandemic cannot be statistically enumerated, the potential threat of a pandemic would...
Published: 27 March 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478009016-001
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0901-6
... mances of experts and policy makers who hide and reveal information about reactors and towers helps one grasp the reasons for the epistemic uncertainties and ontological indeterminacies surrounding these infrastructures. Media operates across scale bridging the micro- level bodily encounters with...
Published: 27 July 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1214-6
... eruption of digitality and computerization at the very heart of this presumed informationalization of social life then adds yet another productive uncertainty to Gramsci s legacy, by way of the question of how to adapt (or once again, translate) his analyses into po liti cal diagnoses of the internet and...
Published: 01 January 2006
DOI: 10.1215/9780822388128-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8812-8
... possible scenarios of what might have occurred. Each attempt to resolve the uncertainty is foiled. But that is precisely the point Frayn wishes to make: drawing an analogy with Heisenberg s uncertainty princi- ple, Frayn suggests that the question of why Heisenberg came to Copen- hagen in 1941 does not...
Published: 16 August 2019
DOI: 10.1215/9781478005629-011
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0562-9
..., that the politics of reading adhere. At stake in this chapter is a more precise, but still necessarily open- ended and blurry, account of what it means to say that we can become bewildered through literacy events. 100 chapter eleven It makes sense to begin, I think, with one of the better statements on...
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By Louise Amoore
Published: 01 May 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0927-6
... profound uncertainty: Cruel, painful, even death- dealing though it may be, we could not live in this world without its sheer incomprehensibility. 44 Inspired by Fowles s reflections on his practice of writing, an important distinction to be made is that between a claim to authorship that precisely seeks...
Published: 01 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478009276-009
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0927-6
... algorithm as straying from calculable paths in the manner Barad proposes. The hesitant and nonlinear temporality of the etymology of doubt, from the Latin dubitare, suggests precisely a hesitation, an uncertainty, and a straying from calculable paths. To be doubtful could mean to be full of doubt, in the...
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By Lyle Fearnley
Published: 23 October 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1258-0
... in a mode of potential uncertainty that is, pandemics are thought about and acted upon as incalculable futures and therefore uninsurable risks.14 Although the probability that a par tic u lar strain will cause a pandemic cannot be statistically enumerated, the potential threat of a pandemic would...
Published: 01 January 2006
DOI: 10.1215/9780822388128-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8812-8
... be calculated. Now let s return to the case of quantum mechanics. Schrödinger s equa- tion is also a di erential equation. As in Newton s equation, Schrödinger s contains a term that represents the forces (or more precisely the related potential energies) acting on a particle of mass m, and it is...
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By Benjamin Piekut
Published: 27 September 2019
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0551-3
... me into states of uncertainty I would have found scarcely imaginable before we began. Readers looking for smooth illustrations of parboiled theory will be dis- appointed by The World Is a Prob lem. I have found nothing but ambiva- lence, contradiction, and entanglement the stuff that attends all...
Published: 13 March 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478007197-076
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0719-7
... has written about in earlier memoir essays. The book is self- conscious about the uncertainties imma- nent in language: over and over again, Selin expresses her failure to interpret or understand. Selin s conversations, not least with her professors, some- times verge on the absurd. Such episodes are...
Published: 01 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478009276-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0927-6
... profound uncertainty: Cruel, painful, even death- dealing though it may be, we could not live in this world without its sheer incomprehensibility. 44 Inspired by Fowles s reflections on his practice of writing, an important distinction to be made is that between a claim to authorship that precisely seeks...
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By Randy Martin
Published: 21 February 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822389804-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8980-4
... ad- Derivative Wars 69 vance. The weather will change. The enemy will be in the wrong place. Weapons will malfunction. E ective systems of control are meant to antic- ipate these problems and correct them. The uncertainties that emerge in combat generate noise in lines of communication. Messengers...
Published: 01 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478009276-001
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0927-6
... the rights and wrongs of algorithmic actions is precisely where many critical voices on the harms of the algorithm have been heard. Writing in the New York Times, for example, Kate Crawford identifies machine learning s white guy problem, arguing that we need to be vigilant about how we design and...
Published: 01 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478009276-007
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0927-6
... experimental and generative capacities. I am advocating that we think of algorithms as capable of generating unspeakable things precisely because they are geared to profit from uncertainty, or to output something that had not been spoken or anticipated. As machine learning algorithms in- crease their capacity...
Published: 14 August 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012382-007
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1238-2
... administration, Veronica is now struggling with the uncertainty surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (daca) federal program.1 She is also experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety and fear. In this chapter, I explore what it means to navigate everyday life while undocumented under the Trump...