Decolonizing The Mind rests on three pillars

First, the critique of Scientific Colonialism (SC). Scientific Colonialism is a school of thought that is rooted in the concepts produced by the White Enlightenment. Without a systematic critique of the concepts and theories of western science there is no decolonizing the mind.

Second, the development of alternative concepts and theories that an stand the challenge of test and critique. If western science was founded on false premises, what then should the alternative foundation be?

Third, the translation of critique and alternative into policies for changing the legacy of colonialism: politically, economically, socially and culturally. Many policies of institutions are based on “scientific” knowledge. If we challenged that knowledge, naturally we will challenge their policies.

These pillars can not stand on their own. The critique of concepts and theories of Scientific Colonialism will immediate invoke the question of the alternative. The alternative is not just the antithesis of a proposition. It should have a legitimacy of its own and vested in an epistemology that goes beyond the critique.

Once an alternative is formulated then the question of power will arise, because critique is challenging the authority of knowledge. The articulation of alternatives will inevitably challenge the dominant power relations.


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