Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 17, 1992 - Fiction - 285 pages
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More than any other modern scientists, Stephen Jay Gould has opened up to millions the wonders of evolutionary biology. His genius as an essayist lies in his unmatched ability to use his knowledge of the world, including popular culture, to illuminate the realm of science.

Ever Since Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould's first book, has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. Like all succeeding collections by this unique writer, it brings the art of the scientific essay to unparalleled heights.
  

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Review: Ever Since Darwin: Reflections on Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #1)

User Review  - Will - Goodreads

This is my second reading of this book, only this time around I only read the epilogue, introduction and the last two chapters. I was looking at Gould's critique of sociobiology. Gould, although one ... Read full review

Review: Ever Since Darwin: Reflections on Natural History (Reflections in Natural History #1)

User Review  - Todd Stark - Goodreads

This was Gould's first published collection of his magazine columns, for essays written between 19731977 and it illustrates why he was justly considered a masterful essayist. He is telling us a lot ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
11
Darwiniana
19
Darwins Delay
21
Darwins Sea Change or Five Years at the Captains Table
28
Darwins Dilemma The Odyssey of Evolution
34
Darwins Untimely Burial
39
Human Evolution
47
A Matter of Degree
49
Velikovsky in Collision
153
The Validation of Continental Drift
160
Size and Shape from Churches to Brains to Planets
169
Size and Shape
171
Sizing Up Human Intelligence
179
History of the Vertebrate Brain
186
Planetary Sizes and Surfaces
192
Science in SocietyA Historical View
199

Bushes and Ladders in Human Evolution
56
The Child as Mans Real Father
63
Human Babies as Embryos
70
Odd Organisms and Evolutionary Exemplars
77
The Misnamed Mistreated and Misunderstood Irish Elk
79
Organic Wisdom or Why Should a Fly Eat Its Mother from Inside
91
Of Bamboos Cicadas and the Economy of Adam Smith
97
The Problem of Perfection or How Can a Clam Mount a Fish on Its Rear End?
103
Patterns and Punctuations in the History of Life
111
The Pentagon of Life
113
An Unsung SingleCelled Hero
119
Is the Cambrian Explosion a Sigmoid Fraud?
126
The Great Dying
134
Theories of the Earth
139
The Reverend Thomas Dirty Little Planet
141
Uniformity and Catastrophe
147
On Heroes and Fools in Science
201
Posture Maketh the Man
207
Racism and Recapitulation
214
The Criminal as Natures Mistake or the Ape in Some of Us
222
The Science and Politics of Human Nature
229
Why We Should Not Name Human RacesA Biological View
231
The Nonscience of Human Nature
237
Racist Arguments and IQ
243
Sociobiology
249
Biological Potentiality vs Biological Determinism
251
So Cleverly Kind an Animal
260
Epilogue
268
Bibliography
272
Index
277
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Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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