Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans by Dan Becker, Lance Wilson

By Dan Becker, Lance Wilson

Ever crack open a can of leader Oshkosh of Wisconsin, or pattern Pabst's vast Cat Malt Liquor? be mindful the unique St. Pauli woman, Tennent's bevy of lager lovelies, or Olde Frothingslosh ("the faded stale ale with the froth at the bottom")? awarded alphabetically through model, the approximately 500 cans accrued right here come from thirty nations and diversity from the enduring to the vague to the downright extraordinary. From long-forgotten brews to vintage manufacturers that experience replaced their glance yet by no means long gone out of favor, Beer bargains a peek into the final century of beer tradition, exploring what we drank, how we drank it, and why we picked it off the shelf. whereas it can no longer be as clean as a frosty chilly can of Bud, cracking open this ebook is bound to stimulate beer enthusiasts and layout enthusiasts alike.

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We are all familiar with line drawings that can be seen as either a duck or a rabbit, or as either the top or bottom of a set of steps. Here the visual experience changes, although the drawing stays the same, and this is taken to raise the possibility of fundamental disagreements over the meaning of the same scene (Hanson, 1969; Kuhn, 1970). Cultural expectations are shown to operate in contexts where, for example, people quickly have to identify playing cards from a pack in which the colour of the ace of spades has been changed to red.

The first stage involves documenting the flexible ways in which experimental results can be interpreted. How can particular findings be made out as supporting a theory or not? How can ((27)) a replication be constructed as confirming a finding or dismissed as incompetent? Such flexibility is just what is to be expected in the light of the Quine-Duhem thesis which stresses that the findings of an individual experiment will be judged against bodies of theory as a whole. There are all sorts of ways in which tensions in the network introduced by novel findings can be reduced.

The irony in Collins' analysis, then, is that he is elevating rhetoric to a position as the crucial lubricant for controversy closure - yet he is treating the accounts which supposedly show this as non-rhetorical. ((34)) This discussion has taken us some way from central features of Collins' Empirical Programme of Relativism. However, its value is in introducing issues which will appear repeatedly in different guises in the course of work on fact construction. If we think back to the use of a car engine as a metaphor for the social world of science, we can now be clear just how limited it is.

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