The Future of Post-Human Geology: A Preface to a New Theory of Statics and Dynamics

By: David McLellan

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Is the history of geology really so metaphorical in its foundation, according to some critics like Stephen Jay Gould, that "what underlies the discovery of deep time is by no means fieldwork, as the myths of geology textbooks would have us believe"? (F. Sulloway 1987) This revisionist account by the critics like Gould can be contrasted by an opposing view in the older days, when Charles Lyell, for example, "portrayed the previous history of his discipline as a gradual overcoming of primitive superstitions, wild speculations, and biblical allegiances. In doing so he created his own legend…, as an archempiricist free of all bias and preconception." (F. Sulloway 1987) Contrary to these two opposing views (and others as discussed in the book), the history of geology is neither so metaphorical nor so empirical to the extent that the respective defenders would like us to believe. But this rejection of the two views in contention does not logically follow that geology is therefore not worth studying, or that it is useless. Neither to say, neither of these two extreme views is reasonable either. Instead, this book offers an alternative (better) way to understand the future of geology, especially in the context of statics and dynamics — while learning from different approaches in the literature but without favoring any one of them (nor integrating them, since they are not necessarily compatible with each other). Thus, this book offers a new theory to go beyond the existing approaches in the literature on geology in an original way. If successful, this seminal project is to fundamentally change the way that we think about geology, from the combined perspectives of the mind, nature, society, and culture, with enormous implications for the human future and what I originally called its "post-human" fate. Printed Pages:

Title: The Future of Post-Human Geology: A Preface to a New Theory of Statics and Dynamics

Author Name: David McLellan

Categories: India, Science,

Publisher: New Delhi, Viva Books Private Limited: 2012

ISBN: 8130919966

ISBN 13: 9788130919966

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 702088

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