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summary Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Stephen Jay Gould Stephen Jay Gould ´ 3 read The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould review ¹ 103 Is brilliant oeuvre includes selections from classics such as Ever Since Darwin and The Mismeasure of Man plus articles and speeches never before published in book formThis volume the last that will bear his name spotlights his elegance depth and sheer pleasure in our world a true celebration of an extraordinary mi. Gould was a celebrated evolutionary biologist and paleontologist who the US Congress in 2000 declared a living legend He only lived a couple years having lived with mesothelioma since 1982 I m very interested in what he was so passionate about but this is the first time i read him and the tome was all my public library offered It gave me lots of his 300 essays from his twenty books including one that won a National Book Award and some book excerptsGould described himself an agnostic who deeply respects religion and understands that science and religion do not overlap but can be separate ways of understanding the world He s certainly knowledgeable about evolution and paleontology teaching me a few good things that ll stick with me but the last section about religion impresses me as both respectful and skepticalI m not a baseball fan but he definitely is and uses baseball metaphors in his essays I did skip around this 635 page book and skim some too You ll enjoy reading a lot of the book that pays homage to a great scientist and writer I didn t usually feel he was too intellectual to understand either He s a Charles Darwin fan and yet he could criticize the founder of evolution in a way that made sense and was engaging It s not that he found Darwin wrong but that he didn t go far enough because of the limits set by his Victorian society and research I don t know why he didn t call himself an atheist since he doesn t even believe there s a soul but I think his great optimism not only kept him living with cancer so long but made him want to reach out to religious people with compassion interesting guy The Life Tree Poems read him and the tome was all my public library offered It gave me lots of his 300 essays from his twenty books including one that won a National Book Award and some book excerptsGould described himself an agnostic who deeply The Painter respects Berlin FeuerlandRoman eines Aufstands religion do not overlap but can be separate ways of understanding the world He s certainly knowledgeable about evolution and paleontology teaching me a few good things that ll stick with me but the last section about The Year's Best Horror Stories 15 religion impresses me as both The Year's Best Horror Stories 15 respectful and skepticalI m not a baseball fan but he definitely is and uses baseball metaphors in his essays I did skip around this 635 page book and skim some too You ll enjoy Hottest Mess reading a lot of the book that pays homage to a great scientist and writer I didn t usually feel he was too intellectual to understand either He s a Charles Darwin fan and yet he could criticize the founder of evolution in a way that made sense and was engaging It s not that he found Darwin wrong but that he didn t go far enough because of the limits set by his Victorian society and Hottest Mess research I don t know why he didn t call himself an atheist since he doesn t even believe there s a soul but I think his great optimism not only kept him living with cancer so long but made him want to Hitler reach out to Hidden religious people with compassion interesting guy

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summary Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Stephen Jay Gould Stephen Jay Gould ´ 3 read The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould review ¹ 103 Nature is so wondrously complex and varied that almost anything possible does happenI rejoice in its multifariousness and leave the chimera of certainty to politicians and preachers from Ever Since DarwinUpon his death in 2002 Stephen Jay Gould stood at the pinnacle among observers of the natural world recognized b. A beautiful summary of a brilliant career but make sure you have a few weeks available It s engrossing but unless you re a paleontologist you ll struggle a bit The Case Of The Missing Necklace rejoice in its multifariousness and leave the chimera of certainty to politicians and preachers from Ever Since DarwinUpon his death in 2002 Stephen Jay Gould stood at the pinnacle among observers of the natural world The Narayanpur Incident recognized b. A beautiful summary of a brilliant career but make sure you have a few weeks available It s engrossing but unless you

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summary Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Stephen Jay Gould Stephen Jay Gould ´ 3 read The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould review ¹ 103 Y Congress as a living legend His prodigious legacy sixteen best selling and prize winning books dozens of scientific papers an unbroken series of three hundred essays in Natural History combined to make Gould the most widely read science writer of our time This indispensable collection of forty eight pieces from h. I ve always been a fan of Stephen Jay Gould so The Richness of Life was an immediate must read for me even though it collects a lot of material that I ve already read in one form or another But mutation hybridization and transformation are all parts of the evolutionary process right So why wouldn t I want to see the essays and chapters that I d read before genetically recombined in this newly collected body of work And besides any writing that s only worth reading once wasn t really worth reading in the first placePaul McGarr and Steven Rose had a pretty daunting task in front of them culling an intelligible collection of hits from around 22 books and essay collections is no easy task but they ve managed to put together a selection that works well on a thematic level and that covers the major themes of Gould s intellectual and scientific pursuits about as thoroughly as possible within the confines of a 600 page book The eight thematic sections that the book is divided into are 1 Autobiography 2 Biographies 3 Evolutionary Theory 4 Size Form and Shape 5 Stages and Seuences 6 Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology 7 Racism Scientific and Otherwise and 8 Religion The only thing I thought might make this an even better collection would be an added appendix that included a layperson s dictionary of the central scientific terms at work across Gould s essaysGould does a fantastic job of recreating scientific points of view that have been historically superseded so that we can see what s interesting about the thinking behind them even though it may have been a fundamentally incorrect mode of thinking He also investigates the biographies of scientific thinkers and makes interesting connections between history biography and the various forms that scientific thinking has taken He has a brilliant essay on Cuvier s belief in the fixity of species and on geological catastrophism ie Noah s flood and how despite these beliefs Cuvier was a masterful empiricist who essentially invented paleontology as we know it today An eually brilliant essay discusses the importance of Darwin s fascination with worms and the way in which observing worms helped him to understand the extent of radical change that could take place over long periods of time via processes that were almost too slow to observe at the immediate level of human temporal perception In addition to his important work of debunking the bad science of early race theorists and eugenicists Gould also does a great job of investigating things like home run records and the evolution of the chocolate bar using statistical analysisWhere I think Gould is at his best however is at presenting an account of evolution that allows us to see it at work in all of its non teleological glory One of the problems about thinking about evolution is that its so hard for the mind to get beyond just so stories that posit the ability to eat the leaves off of tall trees as the reason for the giraffe s long neck Even though we may know that the neck derives ultimately from a process of random mutation and natural selection and that the neck survives as a trait because it was accidentally successful we still have a tendency to reverse cause and effect Gould is excellent at writing in such a way that the mind begins to get away from the just so habit instead seeing evolution for the incredible process that it really is Gould presents an image for us of what I might call the miracle of the non teleogical world ie Gould insists that a proper understanding of evolutionary theory does not make the world a less miraculous place but rather it makes it even miraculous since the chain of events that is necessary to produce any individual life form is staggering Likewise the statistical probability of any particular life form coming into being is so vast that the fact that we re sitting in the middle of such a huge variety of randomly generated life forms is in itself a cause for momentous wonderI thought about that this morning as I sliced a breakfast kiwi open I ve always thought that the shape of the round kiwi seed ring that you seen when you cut the kiwi open across the short axis of its body is one of the most beautiful things available to the eye The tone of green and yellow and the specs of black that seem to float like a firework in mid explosion have always struck me as gorgeous And yet the reasons for the form that the evolution of the kiwi has taken have absolutely nothing to do with me This aesthetic thrill that I have every time I eat a kiwi is nothing but pure accident Not only does the kiwi s seed distribution have nothing to do with me but the way my eye has evolved to find certain geometric patterns and forms inherently pleasing has almost nothing to do with those seeds in the kiwi And yet all of this accident comes together in a breakfast moment that is always pleasing and aesthetically full for me What luck that such a chance pairing could be formed out of all the probabilities that have lurked in the depths of time


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    PDF NEW [The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould] The Richness of Life a selection of Stephen Jay Gould's prolific essays is an excellent introduction to Gould's major works and thinking Those new to natural history would find this collection a useful anchor to navigate Gould's other works for his careful attention to detail even in his popular science books can be daunting to beginners In Gould's works he often begins by asking a very specific uestion then in elucidat

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    PDF NEW [The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould] summary Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Stephen Jay Gould read & download The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould A beautiful summary of a brilliant career but make sure you have a few weeks available It's engrossing but unless you're a paleontol

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    Stephen Jay Gould ´ 3 read summary Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Stephen Jay Gould PDF NEW [The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould] Gould speaks expertly of statistics and uses classic literature examples as a framing device to convey his message Enjoy Yourself It's Later than You Think props to Louis Prima

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    read & download The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould PDF NEW [The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould] Stephen Jay Gould ´ 3 read I only give four stars because I've already read most of these articles in Gould's previous book A first time reader of Stephen Jay Gould would probably give it a five

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    PDF NEW [The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould] I really liked this book I would not have given it four stars if I didn't Stephen J Gould was a great promoter and contributor to the science of evolutionary biology As a writer of popular science he was also a great promoter of philosophical materialism For all that I congratulate him admire him and respect himHowever t

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    summary Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Stephen Jay Gould PDF NEW [The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould] The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould is a collection of Gould's essays mostly about evolutionThis is not a breezy book; even skipping it took me months Nevertheless it is a rewarding book to anyone who is already past the basic misconceptions about evolution and wants to understand it in a little detailIf you still have doubts about evolution vs creationismintelligent design this may not be the book fo

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    PDF NEW [The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould] read & download The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould I have taken a long time to read this very good compilation of what the authors considered to be the most representative work of the famous prolific science writer and brilliant evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould I have to admit that as far as science writing goes i still think no one beats Carl SaganHowever I did learn much about ge

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  • Hardcover
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  • The Richness of Life The Essential Stephen Jay Gould
  • Stephen Jay Gould
  • English
  • 18 August 2019
  • 9780393064988