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Ivorybill HuntersSearch for Proof in a Flooded Wilderness$
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Geoffrey E. Hill

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323467

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323467.001.0001

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Good Science, Bad Science, or No Science At All?

Good Science, Bad Science, or No Science At All?

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(p.125) 9 Good Science, Bad Science, or No Science At All?
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Ivorybill Hunters
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Geoffrey E. Hill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323467.003.0009

This chapter steps away from the particulars and discusses how ivorybill searches are and are not scientific undertakings. Science is defined as the testing of hypotheses that explain natural phenomena. Searching for rare birds, it is argued, is not science, and the best searchers are not scientists. The discovery of Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas was announced in the journal Science but that does not make it a scientific endeavor. In the authors' opinion, the peer review process that fostered the publication was appropriate, but in hind site, the evidence for ivorybills was probably oversold. Hill is determined not to over-interpret evidence for ivorybills in Florida.

Keywords:   science, deductive reasoning, birder, peer review, publication

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