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Uncommon Sense: Understanding Nature's Truths Across Time And Culture, ANTHONY F. AVENI

Author:    ANTHONY F. AVENI

Title:   Uncommon Sense: Understanding Nature's Truths Across Time And Culture

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    University Press of Colorado 2006-04-30

ISBN Number:    0870818287 / 9780870818288

Seller ID:   20070829120713

The divide between teaching "intelligent design" and evolution in U.S. schools has brought to the public eye a struggle that archaeoastronomer Anthony Aveni argues is as old as culture itself. All societies seek to understand the natural world, but their search is shaped by culturally distinct views and experiences. In "Uncommon Sense, " Aveni explores the common and conflicting ways that ancient and contemporary societies have searched for the literal truth about the natural world's mysteries, from dinosaur bones to the Star of Bethlehem. Aveni demonstrates that a society's approach to making sense of the natural world can serve as a working definition of its culture, so strongly does it resonate with fundamental values and assumptions.

In ten fascinating essays, Aveni examines topics that have absorbed scientists, religious figures, and ordinary citizens over the centuries. He traces the tug of war between astronomy and astrology, reveals the underpinnings of our notions of cartography and the representation of space and time, and much more.

Readers interested in science, history, and world cultures will revel in this celebration of different cultures' common and uncommon questions and conclusions about the natural world.

Price = 26.95 USD



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