many of us working in science studies (whether cultural studies, sociology, or rhetoric) don't know how to argue. Pollitt writes in The Nation, "Indeed, the comedy of the Sokal incident is that it suggests that even the postmodernists don't really understand one another's writing and make their way through the text by moving from one familiar name or notion to the next like a frog jumping across a murky pond by way of lily pads." 7 The kind of argument- searching Sillince proposes could offer less hostile means for exploring other disciplines' argument practices, other disciplines' preferred topoi. The expansion of databases and documents from specialized disciplines available "freely" on the World Wide Web can either increase the divisiveness, exclusivity, and mean-spiritedness that seems to be perpetrated by notions of interpretive or discourse communities, or it can force us out of those comfortable communities and into a cosmopolis of multidisciplinarity. Electronically searchable topoi can make our complex differences more accessible, less threatening, and mutually enriching.
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