雄伯手記970101

雄伯手記970101

 學測英文考古題曾有一道簡答題問: According to this report, about how acres of the Amazon Rainforest are lost every second? 原文的線索是:It is estimated that more than 33 million acres of Amazonian Rainforest disappear every year. That means that 64 acres of the rainforest is lost every minute.很多的學生的答案是64/60。我不禁訝然地困惑起來。純就數學的訓練而言,這樣的解答並不算錯誤,畢竟她們已經做了分跟秒的換算,而更精確的計算會牽涉到小數點。然而就日常的語言而言,回答說差不多是一英畝 about one acre,不是更明白易懂嗎? 

最近在翻讀一些後現代理論的書籍,也有類似的驚訝地困惑。學者的用詞遣字為何不明白易懂些?有一次在網路部落格看到一位年輕學者的自白:「哲學碩士論文通過的興奮後,才發覺從此我所說的話,沒有幾個人聽得懂。」不禁會心地微笑起來。人的生活及思維方式,要脫離現實而變得虛擬,並非純然是科幻小說或影片的夢魘幻影。學者常年浸淫專業典籍,有朝一日驀然抬頭,會發現自己像傅柯Foucault 在「知識考古學」的序文所自況的:I am no doubt not the only one who writes in order to have no face. Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same.

  

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