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this annihilation

February 4, 2009

microscopeScience always encounters only what its kind of representation has admitted beforehand as an object possible for science … Scientific knowledge, which is compelling within its own sphere, i.e. the sphere of objects, already had annihilated things as things long before the atom bomb exploded … The nature of the thing never comes to light, i.e. to language … This annihilation is uncanny because it carries before it a twofold delusion: first the notion that science is superior to all other experience in representing what is real in reality, and second the illusion that things could nevertheless be things, unaffected by scientific investigation of reality.

Martin Heidegger
from The Thing

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