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YEARS AGO I VE CONSIDERED STEPHEN JAY GOULD AS ago I ve considered Stephen Jay Gould as of my personal heroes Every time I go to a second hand bookstore I look in the Science section for some of his books I picked this one up at Second Story Books near Dupont Circle along with The Lying Stones of Marrakech which is next on my list to The Geology And Landscape Of Santa Barbara County, California, And Its Offshore Islands readOne of the aspects of Gould s writing that I absolutely love is how he uncovers the other side of stories that most people don t contemplate Of course I don t know what he was like as a person but the impression I get from his writing is that when he finds that he disagrees with someone he would truly listen to the other person and try to understand where the disagreement comes from I feel like this characteristic is something that we should all be trying to cultivate these daysThis paragraph from Essay 29 Shields of Expectation and Actuality is a greatepresentation of what I love about Gould s essaysThese extreme positions extreme Biopower: Foucault and Beyond realism vs extremeelativism of course are embraced by very few thinkers They are caricatures constructed by the opposition to enhance the Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds rhetorical advantages of dichotomy They are noteally held by anyone but partisans think that their opponents are this foolish thus fanning the zealousness of their own advocacy The possibility for consensus drowns in a sea of changesThough Gould is talking about scientific Is That Even a Country, Sir! realism andelativism I feel this applies to any highly divisive topic and I try to keep This In Mind Any in mind any I am thinking about these topicsA small complaint I feel there is an error in Essay 30 A Tale of Three Pictures Gould writesAgassiz placed Cephalaspis as the first side branch from his central stock of the most primitive group the ganoids sharks and their うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] relativesI appreciate Gould placing the word primitive in uotes as that is another often misunderstood and misapplied adjective in the context of evolution that s not my concern I did a double take at the parenthetical Ganoids are definitely NOT sharks and theirelatives The figure Gould The Prince refers to looks to be in French but I can tell that the sharks andelatives are in a completely different group from the A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators right most if you have a copy labeled Ordre des Placoides with subgroups like Chimerides chimerasayes Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival rays sualides dogfish and cyclostomes That last definitely doesn t belong but makes sense in the historical contextThe group labeled Order des Ganoides contains acipenserides sturgeon but that seally the only subgroup I ecognize as a ganoid The group names suggest that Agassiz classified the fishes into four groups using the type of scales they have but I guess there wasn t as much close study on the scales of some of these other subgroups he considers to be ganoidsI wonder if it was actually Gould who put that in or some editor who felt an explanation was necessary I m sure he would have eceived plenty of letters pointing out this error before the compilation of his essays into a book Or maybe I am missing something I think I enjoyed some of his other collections a li. Among scientists who write no one illuminates as well as Stephen Jay Gould doesthe wonderful workings of the natural world Now in a new volume of collected essays his sixth since Ever Since Darwin. .
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Genealogical Linkage P 327Herelinkage p 327Here is a Mathruhridayam reason I loveeading Highly ecommended This collection essays is Gould s last as an author but my first as a eader of him They are somewhat eclectic though grouped according to theme and overall evolution and scientific method crop up the most often Technically the approach is less diverse with an opening starting with some personal or topical at the time of writing anecdote leading into a general discussion of a Big Idea This is somewhat irritating to me because it A Life In School: What The Teacher Learned reminds me of Radio 4 s Thought for the Day in which a news story is used to lead into some crass attempt to foisteligion on to meThe main body of each essay
#is well argued #well argued clearly explained and demonstrates that Gould had not only a thorough understanding of his subject but the history of it too I learned much about modern ideas about evolution and found his emarks on scientific method interesting and worthwhile It is also clear that he found an ocean of incomprehension of evolution around him which he tried to mop up with his books knowing that they could hardly even have a measurable effectI am left however with an even stronger desire for a book preferable by Gould or Eldredge in which a coherent description of evolution and all scales of operation is given If anyone knows of one such please mention it All I can say is that I eally liked this book A lot Gd is in the details yeah Mr Gould was a Harvard professor and since the early 70 s has been writing essayson natural history evolution paleontology study of prehistoric life His essays were bundledand published into books Dinosaur in a haystack was probably his most notableI ve liked his works as he s very accessible despite the technically scientific jargon and concepts he introduces He doesn t dumb it down but gives the The House That Had Enough reader enough to understand the importance of a particular essay TO do this he sprinkles in gilbert sullivanbaseball and personaleferences to help illustrate those points I pair his writings with Oliver Sacks except with Mr Gould s essays The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field really shine with his exuberance and passion in hiselated fieldsViews on evolution In dinosaurs in a haystack the essays had a common theme of punctuated eualibrium change happening in uick bursts Piggies is an earlier work and in it the evolution aspect is depicted as of a culling of what currently is to shape what will be He borrows the The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division reference of life being a push and depending on factors certain branches stop developing or die and others continue onThe titleeferences an essay based on how evolution determined 5 fingers for homo sapiensThe essay details how it wasn t a developing up to 5 then a stop but based on a prehistotic creaturethat had 89 digits and through change developed into 5I ve felt that essays are an interesting form The point is basically to provide knowledge and concepts accessible to the non scientific and non academic circles In the technical field this is difficult For that I give Mr Gould Kudo. D shows once and for all why we must take notice when a seemingly insignificant creature is threatened like the land snail Partula from Moorea whose extinction he movingly elates from the back cov. Ttle than this one The earlier collections seemed like science
for the layman and a few of these essays bog down in some mundane technical aspects and touch on whatthe layman and a few of these essays bog down in some mundane technical aspects and touch on what an all too familiar ground Gould had covered before the evolution drama of all the players who blindly ejected or blindly embraced it Another great entry from Stephen Jay Gould Really enjoyed his techniue of feinting from one popular
topic into a deeper scientific insight Published in 1993 Eight Little Piggies is Stephen Jay Gould s sixth book ofinto a deeper scientific insight Published in 1993 Eight Little Piggies is Stephen Jay Gould s sixth book of essays These essays besides being full of fascinating natural science facts and history discuss Gould s horror at the loss of animals around the world for the first time in a section Part one The Scale of ExtinctionThe Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl rest of the book follows Gould s usual thematic stories about evolutionary theory and histories of life Odd Bits of Vertebrate Anatomy Vox Populi Musings Human Nature Grand Patterns of Evolution Revising and Extending Darwin Reversals Fragments of a Book Not WrittenAll of these essays appeared in Natural History magazineGould writes about science with verve He loves including a huge variety ofelated science factoids and history whether discussing the variety of shapes of dog skulls fossil discoveries the methodology of fourteenth century proto scientists who came up with creation dates such as October 23 4004 bce as the date the earth was created psychological blubbering over nostalgic pasts that never existed wrong scientific conclusions which were nonetheless important to the discussion of evolution including Darwin probability and Défendre Jacob randomness evolutionary Trees of Life and sociobiology among many interesting subjectsThere is an Index and a BibliographyI love these books I wish he were still alive and could come teach debaters logic Not an easyead for me since I have little knowledge of things palentological but the insights into evolution are worth wading through The man was a supreme essayist It s easy to think that we are the most ephemeral of creatures our lifetimes but a blink in the overall scheme One of the things I get from eading Gould is the knowledge
#that we are #we are ancient creatures I am an ancient creature On the cellular level mitochondria and chloroplasts look uncannily like entire prokaryotic organisms they have their own DNA and are the same size as bacteria Almost surely they began as symbionts within cells of other species and later became highly integrated to form the eukaryotic cell so that each cell in our body has the evolutionary status of a former colony p 320 So not only are we each a living ecord of hundreds of millions of years of ancestry but the so called junk DNA the seemingly useless nonfunctional copies upon copies of genes we possess may actually permit the evolution of complexity We are very ancient yet our species contains the mechanism for further evolution In light of this it becomes difficult for me to feel for very long any sense of dislocation from my time and place in the world Such knowledge grounds one in a complex universe Life is. Gould speaks of the importance of unbroken connections within our own lives and to our ancestralgenerations Along with way he opens to us the mysteries of fish tails frog calls and other matters an.