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A Scriptural Sculpture of Knowledges

Serge Ntamack

Publication Year: 2013

This book is a scriptural sculpture of how the physical dimensions of the earth ñbuilt and natural ñ and antecedents of history structure knowledges and the physical containers ñ human and non-human ñ that embody those knowledges. The book deals with universalisms grounded on African experiences and perspectives. A key theme is how (in)security relates to knowledge creation by drawing a parallel between the proliferation of violent conflict in Africa and the marginal position that the continent occupies in the modern formation of knowledge. Also explored is the concept of creativity in relation to art and politics, as experienced by the black African elite. Bottlenecks to African creativity and the role of space and history in the production and reproduction of knowledge and ways of knowing are critically reviewed. The author makes a case for the existence of irreducible forms of knowledge existing in distinct laboratories and traces how particular biological and environment features interact with human cognition to form what passes for knowledge. He interrogates the variety of environment cognition in the light of an increasing homogenization of human cognition globally with a particular accent on climate change. This is a bold and legitimate voice on an important conversation.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-7


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pp. iii-iv

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pp. v-x

I started to write this book neither as someone who has been silenced, nor as someone who is mute. I started to write this book as someone whose voice is often lost in the thoughts moulding the audible voices, those which supposedly articulate more clearly what I have to say. ...

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Chapter 1 - (In) Security and Knowledge Creation

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pp. 1-20

The term security changes through time. McSweeney (1999:14-15) notes that etymologically the noun “security” has evolved from a positive, comforting term to a negative one. From being a psychological condition of the care-free into which we are easily lulled—“mortals chiefest enemy” as the three witches describe it in Macbeth ...

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Chapter 2 - Creativity and Recognition

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pp. 21-56

Montesquieu (1976:157) stresses the links between, ideas, ideas and people, emotions and ideas, biology and aesthetic when he argues that: “All ideas are linked to one another, and they are link to ourselves. If it were known in how many ways a sentiment is held in place within a man’s brain, ...

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Chapter 3 - Space and Postcoloniality

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pp. 57-102

The common ground21 20th century scientific approaches to the question of society and space has been that the form of the environment is the by-product of social processes meaning that the space has no existence in its own and that there is no question of space having laws in of its own (Hillier, 2008:221). ...

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Chapter 4 - Science and Knowing

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pp. 103-118

Animals and humans have only two main mechanisms for adapting to their environment, the first one is biological evolution and the second one is learning (Kandel and Mack, 2003:273).In matters of learning, it is important to note that scientific reasoning differs from heuristics. ...

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Chapter 5 - Human and Environmental Cognition

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pp. 119-146

To think globally refers to seeing the world as a knowable entity, namely a single interconnected whole that lacks in a sense a secure stasis of maps, parlour globes, or pre-Darwinian cosmologies (Edward, 2010b:2-3). For Schneider (2009:3) global changes (e.g. growing number of people using technology or increase in the per capital level of consumption) ...


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pp. 147-170

Back cover

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p. 188-188

E-ISBN-13: 9789956790593
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956790586

Page Count: 186
Publication Year: 2013