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By Stephen Jay Gould

"What excitement to work out the cheating, the inept, and the faulty deftly given their due, whereas compliment is lavished at the deserving―for purposes good and really stated."―Kirkus Reviews

Ranging so far as the fox and as deep because the hedgehog (the urchin of his title), Stephen Jay Gould expands on geology, organic determinism, "cardboard Darwinism," and evolutionary idea during this gleaming assortment.

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Misserving Memory 4. The Ghost of Protagoras II Time and Geology 5. The Power of Narrative 6. Deep Time and Ceaseless Motion III Biological Determinism 7. Genes on the Brain 8. Jensen’s Last Stand 9. Nurturing Nature IV Four Biologists 10. Triumph of a Naturalist 11. Thwarted Genius 12. Exultation and Explanation 13. Calling Dr. Thomas V In Praise of Reason 14. Pleasant Dreams 15. The Perils of Hope 16. Utopia, Limited 17. Integrity and Mr. Rifkin 18. S. Army Teaching Manual is a compendium of wise and practical advice from an institution that surpasses all others (probably even the public schools, since most kids retain some spark of interest) in its need to foist information upon an unwilling and unresponsive audience.

Yet, as a card-carrying member of the guild of evolutionists, I must assert our primary ethic of valuing diversity in all its guises. Katisha noted that “there is beauty in the bellow of the blast and grandeur in the growling of the gale,” but the sad tale of little tit-willow then melted her hard heart. Evolutionary Theory How Does a Panda Fit? Many animals, including Jesse James, Alexander the Great, and the giant panda, must, Janus-like, show two faces to the world—one required by legend, the other given by nature.

Evolutionary biology is the primary science of history; strict adaptationism, ironically, downgrades history to insignificance by viewing the organism’s relation to environment as an isolated problem of current optimality. How inappropriate to clamp this conceptual lock upon the panda—a demonstration, if ever one existed, that past histories exert a quirky hold (through inefficiencies imposed by heritage) upon an imperfect present. ” It is time to rescue history from the subverting power of Pangloss’s spectacles.

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