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In October of 1960 a small group of geologists and philosophers met in Dallas to discuss problems related to the scope and philosophy of geology. Among the subjects considered were homotaxis and geochronometry, the classification of faults, explanation in historical geology, the principle of simplicity, the principle of uniformity, the methodology of geologic mapping, the contribution of geology to general thought, and the scope of the earth sciences. Messrs. William E. Benson of the National Science Foundation, Frederick Betz, Jr. of The Geological Society of America, James Gilluly of the U. S. Geological Survey, J.M. Harrison of the Geological Survey of Canada, Harry H. Hess of Princeton University, Mason L. Hill of the Richfield Oil Company, M. King Hubbert of the Shell Development Company, Luna Leopold of the U. S. Geological Survey, Eugene Herrin of Southern Methodist University, and Claude C. Albritton, Jr. represented the geological sciences. The philosophers, outnumbered but not outgunned, were professors Nelson Goodman of the University of Pennsylvania, Carl G. Hempel of Princeton and John H. Kultgen of Southern Methodist University.

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