Evolutionary Biology and the Question of Trust

Michael Ruse

in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172256
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835546 | DOI:
  Evolutionary Biology and the Question of Trust

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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

Chapter.  11605 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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