Science in the Service of Loss

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in The Lost Land of Lemuria

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240322
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931855 | DOI:
Science in the Service of Loss

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This chapter documents the dominant labors of loss around Lemuria as performed by metropolitan paleo-scientists. It is the very fact that Lemuria was a creation of science that makes it so attractive to all those place-makers, outside science's hallowed circle. These paleo-sciences make loss itself — in the form of lost worlds, lost times, and lost species — into an object of scientific knowledge production. Certainly, the premise that Earth as we know it today is only the latest in a succession of former worlds that stretch back into deep time is critical to the operating logic of these sciences. But, as importantly, there is the conviction that through scientific modernity's various knowledge practices, the disciplined scientist could and would apprehend what had vanished in former ages.

Keywords: loss; Lemuria; paleo-scientists; lost worlds; scientific knowledge

Chapter.  15018 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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