Science fiction and science dis/trust: Thinking with Bruno Latour’s Gaia and Liu Cixin’s The Three-body Problem
Authorde Freitas, E; Truman, SE
Source TitleRhizomes: cultural studies in emerging knowledge
University of Melbourne Author/sTruman, Sarah
AffiliationMelbourne Graduate School of Education
Document TypeJournal Article
Citationsde Freitas, E. & Truman, S. E. (2020). Science fiction and science dis/trust: Thinking with Bruno Latour’s Gaia and Liu Cixin’s The Three-body Problem. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, (36), https://doi.org/10.20415/rhiz/036.e02.
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This article draws on the ideas of Bruno Latour to examine the nature of science dis/trust and denialism in times of crisis. We argue that Latour’s image of science creates new demands on public trust, shifting the focus from ‘trusting that a particular scientific claim is true’ towards an engagement with Gaia (earth) where scientists encounter and form alliances with agencies alive with trickster motive. We use the science fiction novel Three body problem to explore the specific challenges to scientific authority within this relational ontology, under various climatic regimes. We show how the SF novel offers insights into Latour’s proposal for science as a risky diplomacy in a metamorphic zone
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