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Volume X, Number 2 | spring 2017

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“Utter damned rot!” is what William Berryman Scott, a former president of the American Philosophical Society, said in response to Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift, first proposed in 1912. “Wegener is not seeking the truth,” said a doubtful geologist, “he is advocating a cause and is blind to every argument and fact that tells against it.”

I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas and land on barbarous coasts.

- Herman Melville, 1853

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