One example that I think is a good one is how in scientific discourse “who is doing what to whom” is completely obscured in exchange for made up subjects that aren’t real but are substitutions for things happening. In fact we wouldn’t have scientific discourse if they didn’t do this. So for example, we might talk about “the erosion of the beaches” Well what is “the erosion”? Clearly it’s something happening. So water comes in and pulls the sand out from the beach into the ocean. So does water have agency to come in? No. So why is the water coming in? The Moon is causing the tides which is the moving in waves. So does the moon have agency? No The moon uses gravity Is gravity agency? No. Gravity is an idea. Who is responsible for the idea of gravity? And it’s at that point that you can start bringing a real subject with real agency: a person with a name or people with names.

One example that I think is a good one is how in scientific discourse “who is doing what to whom” is completely obscured in exchange for made up subjects that aren’t real but are substitutions for things happening.

In fact we wouldn’t have scientific discourse if they didn’t do this.

So for example, we might talk about “the erosion of the beaches”

Well what is “the erosion”?

Clearly it’s something happening.

So water comes in and pulls the sand out from the beach into the ocean.

So does water have agency to come in?

No.

So why is the water coming in?

The Moon is causing the tides which is the moving in waves.

So does the moon have agency?

No

The moon uses gravity

Is gravity agency?

No. Gravity is an idea.

Who is responsible for the idea of gravity?

And it’s at that point that you can start bringing a real subject with real agency: a person with a name or people with names.

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