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Scientific Values and Civic Virtues$
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Noretta Koertge

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195172256.001.0001

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 Evolutionary Biology and the Question of Trust

 Evolutionary Biology and the Question of Trust

(p.99) 7 Evolutionary Biology and the Question of Trust
Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Michael Ruse (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the phenomenon of fraud and dishonesty in science is more akin to a perversion than a straight sin. Examples from the history of evolutionary biology are used to show how scientists employ supposed examples of fraud to discredit their opponents. Examples are drawn from the history of evolutionary biology involving Darwin, the Piltdown hoax, Edward O. Wilson, and Stephen Jay Gould.

Keywords:   Charles Darwin, Edward O. Wilson, Piltdown hoax, Stephen Jay Gould, fraud, trust, dishonesty

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