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nickhirschstein@live.nl # Posted on February 5, 2014 at 12:47

reply to Marcus’s reflection:

The reflection on academic/scientific urge to categorize and order in colonial situation is of course a difficult issue. The book tries to look into the perspective of the British settlers, and why they had this urge to re-order. In the end the goal of the British was to gain excess to new resources, so I would wonder how this affected the need to categorize the conquered land. Of course nowadays we have a adacemic and scientific need to quantify information, but back then it might have a different origin to do so

Of course science is powerful today, therefore it is good to question certain methods of producing this information. I believe there are too many assumptions made in a lot of reserch projects. The book is doing a good job at trying to show different perspective and question certain assumptions, this is shown by the fact that multiple readers pick up on this.

However, in the end in science you do need to set clear boundaries when you want to come to a clear result, which makes it still really hard to argue with this, which is a shame