Cranks, conventionalists and geomorphology

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Abstract

Hypotheses in geomorphology may be conventional or unconventional. It is argued that outrageous hypotheses produced by conventional thinkers with a streak of unconventionality occasionally shift paradigms and are invaluable alternatives to conventional hypotheses, which tend merely to shore up seemingly safe and secure ruling paradigms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-189
Number of pages7
JournalArea
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Cranks
  • Creationism
  • Outrageous hypothesis
  • Paradigm shifts
  • Ruling theory

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