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Cranks, conventionalists and geomorphology

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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.

Keywords: cranks; creationism; outrageous hypothesis; paradigm shifts; ruling theory

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Geography, University of Manchester

Publication date: June 1, 2002

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