Darwin-L Message Log 5:40 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:40>From abrown@independent.co.uk  Sun Jan  9 07:12:23 1994

From: Andrew Brown <abrown@independent.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 94 21:58:26 GMT
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: On going beyond evidence and method ---

There is a rather obvious point about why "dissidents" (yes, those are
scare quotes) get publicity.

Newspapers are about news. The steady, settled state of scientific or
scholarly opinion in a field will not become news until something
happens to set it into high relief -- either an internal argument or an
external discovery. Both together are definitely news.

Andrew Brown

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