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Species, serpents, spirits, and skulls : science at the margins in the Victorian age

Author: Sherrie Lynne Lyons
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2009.
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"Science permeates nearly every aspect of our lives, and yet, as current debates over intelligent design, the causes of global warming, and alternative health practices indicate, the question of how to distinguish science from pseudoscience remains a difficult one. To address this question, Sherrie Lynne Lyons draws on four examples from the nineteenth century - sea serpent investigations, spiritualism, phrenology,  Read more...
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Lyons, Sherrie Lynne, 1947-
Species, serpents, spirits, and skulls.
Albany : SUNY Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2008054150
(OCoLC)291908016
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sherrie Lynne Lyons
ISBN: 9781438428024 1438428022 9781438428024
OCLC Number: 802049968
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 245 pages :) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction : an age of transition --
Swimming at the edges of scientific respectability : sea serpents, Charles Lyell, and the professionalization of geology --
Franz Gall, Johann Spurzheim, George Combe and phrenology : a science for everyone --
The crisis in faith : William Crookes and spiritualism --
Morals and materialism : Alfred Russel Wallace, spiritualism, and the problem of evolution --
Thatige skepsis : Thomas Huxley and evolutionary theory --
Negotiating the boundaries of science : an ongoing process.
Responsibility: Sherrie Lynne Lyons.

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"Science permeates nearly every aspect of our lives, and yet, as current debates over intelligent design, the causes of global warming, and alternative health practices indicate, the question of how to distinguish science from pseudoscience remains a difficult one. To address this question, Sherrie Lynne Lyons draws on four examples from the nineteenth century - sea serpent investigations, spiritualism, phrenology, and Darwin's theory of evolution. Each attracted the interest of prominent scientists as well as the general public, yet three remained at the edges of scientific respectability while the fourth, evolutionary theory, although initially regarded as scientific heresy, ultimately became the new scientific orthodoxy." "Taking a serious look at the science behind these examples, Lyons argues that distinguishing between science and pseudoscience, particularly in the midst of discovery, is not as easy as the popular image of science tends to suggest."--Jacket.

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