|Mirabel Joshi||# Posted on March 18, 2014 at 21:53|
Response to Ellen
The question of scientific platitudes in interdisciplinary studies is interesting, as is the issue of trust. However in an interdisciplinary study could it not be that it is harder for factoids to pass as the landscape, as in this case, is studied using different scientific ”lenses” and methods, perhaps within different scientific traditions, making it harder to let ”old truths” hold without discussion?
I totally agree on your point that no good comes out of romanticizing about past, what is the point of throwing more blame on our sorry selves for destroying Eden? From Rackhams perspective, from what I understand it, this is not the issue however. Rackham is interested in revisionist history writing not from a sense of environmental consciousness but in the name of science and truth. This, I find, is an interesting twist in environmental history as the underlying scientific intent can vary a whole deal in the field which houses historians, archaeologist, ecologists, economic historians, ecofeminists, philosophers, and so on.
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