Darwin-L Message Log 3:38 (November 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<3:38>From c.lavastida1@genie.geis.com  Sat Nov  6 09:53:59 1993

From: c.lavastida1@genie.geis.com
Date: Sat,  6 Nov 93 15:49:00 BST
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: scientific and popular explanations

Most of the time, rejection means the idea doesn't stand up.
That is not quite true, as far as scientific ideas (I am not talking about
astrology); someone mentioned Kuhn's Revolution...earlier. It is his thesis
that before a new paradigm is accepted the old paradigm must undergo major
structural failures; this makes it quite possible, even likely, that many
good hypothese will be rejected out of hand due to insufficient weakness in
the current paradigm. I am not a biologist or a paleontologist, but it is my
understanding that Darwin's own anti-Lammarckism  and ignorance of genetics
eventually was discarded and Wallace's narrower conception of natural
selection accepted. During a period of roughly 75 years, any hypotheses,
scientific or not, that did not conform to the Darwinian theory in toto was
not entertained.

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