Bruno Latour.  Science in Action.

This very short section speaks about the rhetoric inherent in science practice.

Reading question:

Rhetoric, pp 30-33

1 In some of the robot visionaries’ articles (such as by Bill Joy, Ron Arkin and Ray Kurzweil) there appears to be an appeal towards argument from authority in isolated texts, just as described by Latour.  Yet these are opinion-setting pieces for systems that have not yet been built.  Is there an alternative for a more rhetorically balanced presentation of these ideas so that the readers have a fairer chance at correctly interpreting the opinions and concepts expressed?