The Postmodern Vision – Burning Down The House We Live In

    Melati Suryodarmo (b. in 1969 in Surakarta, Indonesia, lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany) performes EXERGIE- Butter dance, an older piece but shown for the first time at Lilith. 20 blocks of butter in a square on the black dance carpet. Suryodarmo enters the space, dressed in a black tight dress and red high heels. She steps on the pieces of butter. She starts to dance to the sound of indonesian shamanistic drums. She dances and falls, hitting the floor hard, rising, and continuously being on the verge of standing, slipping and falling in the butter. After twenty minutes Suryodarmo rises one last time, covered in butter, and leaves the space.

    You Tube Description of “Butter Dance”.

    When Physicist Alan Sokal had finally heard enough of the postmodern intellectual twaddle such as the YouTube video above, he opted to detonate a stupidity bomb that would wipe out the intellectual respect accorded to Postmodern Thought. He wrote a hoax academic paperHe wrote an article entitled “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.”

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    My thanks to E.J. Dionne, Jr.

    Specifically, my thanks to him for writing this article, which starts with an alleged 2008 conversation that he had with two ‘Republican’ financial experts: …one offered a dire and uncannily accurate forecast. He explained why banks would blow up, investments would crash and the federal government would have to spend “at least $300 billion” to bail out financial institutions. The other financial expert listened closely, | Read More »

    How do you know that the Burning Down the House video was effective?

    Copyright violations, you understand. 1.2 million views first, though. And, thanks to Protein Wisdom here’s the backup version, complete with some introductory comments about how much money Time-Warner’s people have thrown at Obama, anyway. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RZVw3no2A4