Why edit oneself, if oneself is Stephen Jay Gould
and nobody else insists on doing it?
For all the emphasis that the author places upon his own interpretation of Gould's career, however, historians who cling to the old view of the man as a spoiler and a social undersirable (if not an out-and-out criminal) will find plenty of room in which to make up their own minds about Jay Gould
. The book is packed with quotations from contemporary observers and subsequent commentators, at the beginning of chapters and in between, which form a backdrop against which the author discusses Gould's objectives (frequently quoting the man himself), his methods, his victories and defeats, and the longer run implications of it all.
They also reflect on Franz Baron Nopcsa's contribution to Transylvanian paleontology and use their findings to advance some interesting ideas about contingency and heterochrony in evolution, themes they explicitly tie to Stephen Jay Gould
's Ontogeny and Phylogeny.
Those of you who read the book Rock of Ages by Steven Jay Gould
, who argued that religion and science could co-exist comfortably, are familiar with his argument: since science can't tell us what our moral values should be, that's what religion is for, and each "magisterium" should respect the other.
Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould
's description of the evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium points out that geologically abrupt appearance and subsequent extended stasis of species is a fair description of evolutionary reality.
Marxists such as Harvard's Richard Lewontin and the late Stephen Jay Gould
assert that evolutionary psychology is little more than fatuous cocktail party speculation, while conservative commentators in The Weekly Standard and First Things charge Pinker with trying to undermine the religious basis of morality.
As Glen concludes during a conversation with paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould
, the scientific community ought to be "a guarantor of objectivity," and yet time and again scientists greet new theories by imposing "subjectivities, and their power to do so seems to fly in the face of their philosophic purpose and stated goals."
Stephen Jay Gould
's The Mismeasure of Man dissects an unbroken trajectory--from Francis Galton, the mid-Nineteenth-Century founder of eugenics, to Berkeley psychologist Arthur Jensen in the 1970s--of scientists' attempts to explain social inequality through the metaphors of presumably immutable biological forces.
The collection was begun by Worcester steel industrialist John Woodman Higgins, who bought eight suits of armor from George Jay Gould
in the 1920s.
One of the most influential scientists of the 20th century, Stephen Jay Gould
was respected both for his work in paleontology and evolutionary biology and for his ability to make scientific ideas and research come alive for the general public.