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Yeah... it's being used at a lot schools at the uni level. I found the book interesting, but very slanted in favor of aboriginals. That's not a bad thing in and of itself, but there's tendency, perhaps a postmodern one, to slant modern historical works in favor of "oppressed aboriginals, " with a conscious effort to show them in a light that is almost aggrandizing.

This is a tendency that's more prevalent in historical ethnography than with scientific archaeology and, since my research of late takes me back and forth across these lines of study, I seem to notice it more.

It's been a while since I read the book (couple of years), but I recall the discussion about Monk's Mound of the Cahokia and the suggestion by Mann that it was part of an urban complex -at least that's the idea I got. Mann presented some of the archaeology then interpreted it in a way that was definitely possible. But it's important to be clear that this is an interpretation not a definitive history. Archaeologists used interpretations like this as hypotheses, testing them with follow up research by saying things like, "if X is true, then we should expect to see Y in the archaeological record, " and then go look at the archaeological record.

Don't get me wrong, at the very least, Mann has presented several hypotheses that can then be tested, giving future archaeologists something to work with, particularly given the popularity of the work. But I still submit that the book's popularity is, at least in part, due to it's bias toward the aboriginal which has a natural appeal to modern liberal arts scholarship.

Source: www.thescienceforum.com


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In the basic sense, science fiction deals with science, as it is now or how it may be in the future. Merriam Webster Dictionary Online defines science fiction as “fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component.” Beyond this basic idea, the genre includes many different types of stories and themes. Several widely acknowledged sub-genres exist. As with much the in science fiction and fantasy genres, the boundaries between these categories are often blurred and argued


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