Week 3 – Cultural Studies: Barker; Chp. 5

Perhaps it was just me and a lack of understanding of Barker’s posit, but I found his biological/cultural definition of humanity heavy on the biological side.  He discussed language some, and introduced meme’s as the smallest reproducible cultural entity.  But on the whole, his opening paragraphs and content didn’t seem to integrate.  Evolution was strong in his theory, as was biochemistry.  However, after rereading a bit, he did include culture in the aspect of “environmental factors that shape biochemical response and wiring. (:138)  He also offered that truth is not in fact an external plausibility, that it only exists due to language and how culture agrees upon and communicates the world around them.  This is huge; it comes back again to the aspect that we define our reality, create our own narrative.  He even stated at one point that evolution isn’t for anything, it just is.  (:135)  I’m bent in a certain direction here of course, but if that’s what I bank my existence, that it exists for nothing, what’s the point in this conversation at all?  All of this discussion study, vocations and resources spent researching it, becomes meaningless banter and trivializes life.  (I’m the pessimist he discusses on the top of 146.)  If there is no meta-narrative of meaning, and he operates within this reality, how does this shape his life?

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~ by Brian Shope on January 26, 2008.

One Response to “Week 3 – Cultural Studies: Barker; Chp. 5”

  1. ” I’m bent in a certain direction here of course, but if that’s what I bank my existence, that it exists for nothing, what’s the point in this conversation at all? All of this discussion study, vocations and resources spent researching it, becomes meaningless banter and trivializes life. ”

    Yeah it does seem overwhelmingly nihilistic, but then again, this is one main critique of a particular reading of postmodernism. Though I am interested to find what Barker would say about it.

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