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The Lost Land of LemuriaFabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories$
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Sumathi Ramaswamy

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240322

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240322.001.0001

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Science in the Service of Loss

Science in the Service of Loss

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(p.19) Chapter 2 Science in the Service of Loss
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The Lost Land of Lemuria
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Sumathi Ramaswamy

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240322.003.0002

This chapter documents the dominant labors of loss around Lemuria as performed by metropolitan paleo-scientists. It is the very fact that Lemuria was a creation of science that makes it so attractive to all those place-makers, outside science's hallowed circle. These paleo-sciences make loss itself — in the form of lost worlds, lost times, and lost species — into an object of scientific knowledge production. Certainly, the premise that Earth as we know it today is only the latest in a succession of former worlds that stretch back into deep time is critical to the operating logic of these sciences. But, as importantly, there is the conviction that through scientific modernity's various knowledge practices, the disciplined scientist could and would apprehend what had vanished in former ages.

Keywords:   loss, Lemuria, paleo-scientists, lost worlds, scientific knowledge

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