He who accepts Husserl’s thesis of the necessity to reformulate the basis of science will answer the question in the affirmative. The crisis of science manifests itself, among other things, as a crisis of maps and other models. Almost all of them have been projected from a transcendent, objective viewpoint. They do not store information acquired through phenomenological observation. But this is not all: they do not even store objectively acquired information any longer. Their structural poverty prevents them from absorbing the enormous amount of daily incoming information. The information inflation from which we suffer is the other side of the map crisis. We need new types of maps, if we are to digest the information inflation. As long as we do not have them, more information means more confusion. The incapacity of science to provide us with orientation in the world is an aspect of the crisis of science.
But this information is not only unstorable in present skin maps, but is covered up by such maps and disappears from our vision. As a consequence we are alienated from our skin, (we are not in our own skin, but in an alien one), which means that we are alienated from ourselves and our world. And the more we learn about the skin, the more we are alienated.
The time for traditional philosophy is over. From now on each single step of reflection must be made by collaboration of various disciplines, (“interface reflection”). For instance: the time for traditional philosophical anthropology is over. The interplay of various disciplines will “overcome” it. This paper wanted to show how this might happen, by proposing the elaboration of a skin map. It is, however, characteristic of our situation that this paper itself is still an individual traditional reflection.
Vilem Flusser. Skin