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Helen Betya Rubinstein: “A Response to Jamie Zvirzdin’s ‘Observations of a Science Editor’”

As Zvirzdin writes, the dichotomy between “science” and the “arts” is a false one—and the dichotomy between science and fiction may even be a false one, even though science is equated with nonfiction, with truth: because science, like fiction, is… Continue reading ?
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