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Drawing out Leviathan : dinosaurs and the science wars

Author: Keith M Parsons
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2001.
Series: Life of the past.
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"At stake in the "Science Wars" that have raged in academe and in the media is nothing less than the standing of science in our culture. One side argues that science is a "social construct," that it does not discover facts about the world, but rather constructs artifacts disguised as objective truths. For constructivists, "nature" and "reality" are simply what scientists agree to regard as natural or real, and the
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keith M Parsons
ISBN: 0253339375 9780253339379
OCLC Number: 45873566
Description: xxii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Why the Science Wars Matter --
1. Mr. Carnegie's Sauropods --
2. The Heresies of Dr. Bakker --
3. The "Conversion" of David Raup --
4. Are Dinosaurs Social Constructs? --
5. Le Dinosaure Postmoderne --
6. History, Whiggery, and Progress --
7. Beyond the Science Wars.
Series Title: Life of the past.
Responsibility: Keith M. Parsons.
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