History's Changing Climate: Climate Science, Genomics, and the Emerging Consilient Approach to Interdisciplinary History
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CitationMcCormick, Michael. 2011. “History's Changing Climate: Climate Science, Genomics, and the Emerging Consilient Approach to Interdisciplinary History.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 42 (2) (September): 251-273. doi:10.1162/JINH_a_00214.
AbstractConsilience refers to the quality of investigations that draw conclusions from forms of evidence that are epistemologically distinct. The term seems particularly apt for conclusions produced by natural-scientific investigations on the one hand and by historical and archaeological studies on the other. Consilience points to areas of underlying unity of humanistic and scientific investigation— a unity arising from that of reality itself; it represents a convergence in parallel but independent investigations that results in deductions that are much more robust than any investigation would be able to produce on its own.
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