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Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Fri Dec 3 08:00:55 MST 2010


On Fri, 3 Dec 2010 04:01:13 -0700
Nicholas Leippe <nick at leippe.com> wrote:

> I found this article years ago. Very interesting.
> 
> http://www.fluoride-journal.com/98-31-2/312103.htm

Very interesting, indeed. I note that the author also graduated in
history, specialising in history of science. Perhaps specialists are too
specialised?

This reminds me of the Michael Bellesiles scandal.
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Michael_Bellesiles I
happened to have a ring-side seat to the debunking of Bellesiles. I
noted at the time that not one of the people involved in the debunking
effort was a professional, academic historian. Cramer is an amateur
historian and subsequent to the debunking effort earned a masters in
history but continues to earn his living as a software engineer.
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Clayton_Cramer

Perhaps those folks with cross-discipline educations have a perspective
that helps them avoid the herd mentality?

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