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Rock, bone, and ruin : an optimist's guide to the historical sciences

Author: Adrian Currie
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2018]
Series: Life and mind.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Earth's deep past is a fascinating place to visit, both disturbingly alien and hauntingly familiar. In its life, the Earth has frozen solid, supported enormous animals (themselves sporting enormous fleas!), accommodated a diversity of cultures, and a diversity of ways-of-living. Rock, Bone & Ruin asks how much we can know about the deep past. To answer this, we need to understand the resources at our disposal:  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adrian Currie
ISBN: 9780262037266 0262037262
OCLC Number: 1011555472
Description: ix, 372 pages illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The tooth of the platypus --
Snowballs and sauropods --
Traces --
Over and under --
Ripples --
The main business of historical science --
Parochialism and analogy --
Exquisite corpse : historicity and analogy --
How to build sea urchins and manufacture smoking guns --
Idealization and historical knowledge --
Optimism, speculation, and the future of the past --
Promoting success in historical science : the why and the how --
P.S.: A note on progress and realism.
Series Title: Life and mind.
Responsibility: Adrian Currie.

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An argument that we should be optimistic about the capacity of "methodologically omnivorous" geologists, paleontologists, and archaeologists to uncover truths about the deep past.  Read more...

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Currie has, in this book, pointed us towards a promising way forward.-BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE The book is an intriguing read.-Geoscientist Online This book is a wonderful Read more...

 
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