Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Inspired by Murphy

On Facebook, Bob Murphy confesses having trouble seeing anything through microscopes and telescopes. This reminded me of this post, and inspires me to quote Mary Morgan once again:

"In addition, of course, successfully seeing with a microscope depends on many technical elements that enhance the power and accuracy of the instrument and a fair amount of tacit knowledge and skill in the user... On the basis of this instrumental reliance, [Ian] Hacking stresses that we don't see through a microscope, we see with a microscope." -- The World in the Model, p. 322

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