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Science  02 Sep 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6303, pp. 997
DOI: 10.1126/science.aah4474

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In Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy, Sovacool, Brown, and Valentine make clever use of the Hegelian dialectic to take on 15 core energy questions (e.g., "Do conventional energy resources have a meaningful 'peak'?"), showing how each has a mutually exclusive thesis and antithesis. By understanding these differing viewpoints, the idea is that the truth in both can be revealed and perhaps reconciled in a synthesis.