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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANT363H5
Professor
Todd Sanders
Semester
Winter

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Doing - Doing o Opening the black box o Myers – protein crystallography o Rountree – neo-pagan pilgrimages o Conclusion - Knowledge can`t be extracted but is obtained from the outside of what scientists, witches or whoever is doing - Is science subjective? - Does science separate mind from body? Humans from non-humans? While magic confuses these things? Does magic muddles everything together? - Opening Pandora’s black box o Humans exist within history o The world that we born into matters because what we know is already predefined and given to us when we’re born; we don’t just pick up an idea and invent something o We don’t reinvestigate all knowledge and go back to step 1; we assume most of our world by what people have told us o This is how science and magic proceed, they don’t return to the origin and question and reprove everything; they just assume and continue on o This history shapes and makes the world the way it is; o All the garbage is thrown into the black box; we black box what we mostly know about the world; we don’t really know what’s in them, we just assume it’s true o Social sciences need to go reopening the black box and go about the messy procedure of understanding what makes knowledge o What are people doing to make the outcome appear? o Ready-made science (closed black box) such as the world is round o Science in the making is what is interesting - Ready-made science (outcome) o Just get your facts straight o Just get the most efficient machine o Once the machine works, people will be convinced o When things are true they hold - Science in the making (process) o Get rid of all the useless facts (stuff them into black boxes) o Decide on what efficiency should be o The machine will work when all the relevance people are convinced o When things hold, they start becoming true - Social scientists’ attention is turned to practice and what happened through time - Doing and producing knowledge through doing - Myers – protein crystallography o Doing field work in the university where she observed students o Complex 3D structures made of atoms o Protein crystallographers: build protein molecules using x-ray diffraction o No one can see protein molecules to see their true shape and form o Structures surmised by computers and human input algorithms o Used to make physical models; this practice is needed so to see how the protein works and the physical engagement with the model is necessary o Physical drawbacks: back and forth of what you think what might be there; slow and finicky thing to do because the models can break apart and hard to work with o Computer models is a new invention where you can build models and so you won’t have to deal with deteriorating models; but can’t physically engage with it o Eventually found a way to work by getting physical graphing station where they can manage using 3D images and manipulate it o Diffraction producing a scatter plot to create a picture; cryptic pictures; many combinations between different mapping techniques to attempt to get what the protein model looks like; mostly guess work; finished model is not the protein because you can’t see the actual protein to compare so it’s just the best estimate o Central point: require bodily engagement and jumping in the process of the scienti
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