HUMA 7P55: Iconoclash and “truth-ification”

Iconoclash is a collection related to an exhibit from 2002 that is entitled “Iconoclash: Beyond the Image Wars in  Science, Religion, and Art” ( It was the ostensible subject for our wide-ranging and very productive discussions on Feb. 24 on related subjects.

Some links from our discussions on Feb. 24, 2020…

Statler and Waldorf (

Leviathan and the Air-Pump (about early modern standards of trust and authority in “science”)

Meeting the Universe Halfway (in connection with Latour, and much, much more)

Right-Wing Extremism in Canada (related to so many subjects)

“Truth-ification” is a play on falsification and “truthiness”, a faux-concept that Stephen Colbert proposed in his now defunct Colber(t) Repor(t). The frame below is an ad for an event from Oct. 10, 2010 (10.10.10, the total binary event!)! This gives you an idea of what Colbert meant by “truthiness”.

By truth-ification I am thinking of the formalizing and institutionalization of gut-level truth-claims.

For more on the featured image in this post, and the controversial statute, see