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Stephen Jay Gould's Profile

Brief about Stephen Jay Gould: By info that we know Stephen Jay Gould was born at 1941-09-10. And also Stephen Jay Gould is American Scientist.

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I think there have to be Bachs and Beethovens. We may have - there are so many more people. Musical training is available to so many more, but it may be that we've hit a right wall in terms of accessible styles and since we demand innovation as a criterion of genius, there may not be more innovative styles to be found.

Tags: Genius, May, Training

I'm not a great deductive thinker, but I will admit to having competence in a very wide range of things - not being afraid to try to write about baseball, choral music and dinosaurs in the same week and see connections among them.

Tags: Baseball, Great, Music

Life began three and a half billion years ago, necessarily about as simple as it could be, because life arose spontaneously from the organic compounds in the primeval oceans.

Tags: Life, Simple, Three

My own field of paleontology has strongly challenged the Darwinian premise that life's major transformations can be explained by adding up, through the immensity of geological time, the successive tiny changes produced generation after generation by natural selection.

Tags: After, Life, Time

People perceive me as a commodity. They just don't think anything of asking for five minutes of my time. It never occurs to them that if they're asking for it and another thousand people are asking, I don't have 1,000 five minutes to give.

Tags: Another, Give, Time

Science is an integral part of culture. It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood. It's one of the glories of the human intellectual tradition.

Tags: Done, Human, Science

Science is not a heartless pursuit of objective information. It is a creative human activity, its geniuses acting more as artists than as information processors.

Tags: Acting, Human, Science

The more important the subject and the closer it cuts to the bone of our hopes and needs, the more we are likely to err in establishing a framework for analysis.

Tags: Hopes, Needs, Subject

There wasn't much technical terminology, and then, most academics are not trained in writing. And there is what is probably worse than ever before, the growing use of professional jargon.

Tags: Growing, Worse, Writing

What an odd time to be a fundamentalist about adaptation and natural selection - when each major subdiscipline of evolutionary biology has been discovering other mechanisms as adjuncts to selection's centrality.

Tags: Biology, Natural, Time

Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.

Tags: Hope, Life, Science

When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown.

Tags: Follow, Learn, Political

We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction.

Tags: Necessary, Process, Results

In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.

Tags: Science, Time, Tomorrow

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

Tags: After, Another, Human

Look in the mirror, and don't be tempted to equate transient domination with either intrinsic superiority or prospects for extended survival.

Tags: Either, Mirror, Survival

We pass through this world but once.

Tags: Once, Pass

Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested, and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all. This claim is rhetorical nonsense.

Tags: Cannot, Nonsense, Often

If I don't make it, I'll be very sad that there are things I didn't do, but I'm happy that I've done what I have.

Tags: Done, Happy, Sad

What you see is that the most outstanding feature of life's history is a constant domination by bacteria.

Tags: Constant, History, Life

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