• Title: Drawing Out Leviathan: Dinosaurs and the Science Wars
  • Author: Keith M. Parsons
  • ISBN: 9780253339379
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Drawing Out Leviathan Dinosaurs and the Science Wars are dinosaurs social constructs Do we really know anything about dinosaurs Might not all of our beliefs about dinosaurs merely be figments of the paleontological imagination A few years ago such quest
    are dinosaurs social constructs Do we really know anything about dinosaurs Might not all of our beliefs about dinosaurs merely be figments of the paleontological imagination A few years ago such questions would have seemed preposterous, even nonsensical Now they must have a serious answer At stake in the Science Wars that have raged in academe and in the media are dinosaurs social constructs Do we really know anything about dinosaurs Might not all of our beliefs about dinosaurs merely be figments of the paleontological imagination A few years ago such questions would have seemed preposterous, even nonsensical Now they must have a serious answer 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 This view threatens the authority of science and rejects science s claims to objectivity, rationality, and disinterested inquiry Drawing Out Leviathan examines this argument in the light of some major debates about dinosaurs the case of the wrong headed dinosaur, the dinosaur heresies of the 1970s, and the debate over the extinction of dinosaurs.Keith Parsons claims that these debates, though lively and sometimes rancorous, show that evidence and logic, not arbitrary rules of the game, remained vitally important, even when the debates were at their nastiest They show science to be a complex set of activities, pervaded by social influences, and not easily reducible to any stereotype Parsons acknowledges that there are lessons to be learned by scientists from their would be adversaries, and the book concludes with some recommendations for ending the Science Wars.

    One Reply to “Drawing Out Leviathan: Dinosaurs and the Science Wars”

    1. Parsons,p151 "It is a good bet that most working scientists could name no more than one or two professional philosophers of science."ofessional OK, I'm not sure why this qualifier is used, but for my part my professional training was never allowed to stray too far from the philosophy of science, professional or otherwise. This could be because the (late) philosophical giant, Michael Ruse was active as I was in graduate school. I actually worked in the same department with him for a spell as a Po [...]

    2. Warning! Only loosely connected with paleontology. What this book is really about is how differences in thought about science between "rationalists" and "constructionists" and how those altercations impinge on the controversies that arose in dinosaur paleontology, rather than on those controversies themselves. Parsons has done everything possible to make this book readable and he has mostly succeeded. Nonetheless, this topic is not as glamorous as you might at first think and the book occasional [...]

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