Stephen Jay Gould and Evolutionary Progress

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos”

Each of the major sciences has contributed an essential ingredient in our long retreat from an initial belief in our own cosmic importance. Astronomy defined our home as a small planet tucked away in one corner of an average galaxy among millions; biology took away our status as paragons created in the image of God; geology gave us the immensity of time and taught us how little of it our own species has occupied.”

Stephen Jay Gould was a paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and science writer born in New York on 10 September 1941. He died in 2002 of an aggressive form of lung cancer which spread to his brain, liver, and spleen.

“Tutte le più importanti rivoluzioni scientifiche includono, come caratteristica comune, la detronizzazione dell’arroganza umana dai piedistalli, uno dopo l’altro, delle precedenti convinzioni riguardanti la nostra centralità nel cosmo.”

“Ciascuna delle principali scienze ha fornito un ingrediente sostanziale al nostro lungo allontanamento dall’iniziale credenza nella nostra importanza cosmica. L’astronomia ha definito la nostra casa come un piccolo pianeta nascosto in un angolino di una galassia tra milioni; la biologia ci ha tolto il nostro status di modelli creati a immagine di Dio; la geologia ci ha comunicato l’immensità del tempo e ci ha insegnato quanto poco ne abbia occupato la nostra specie “.

26 thoughts on “Stephen Jay Gould and Evolutionary Progress

  1. VERY INTERESTING. EVEN IN MY WORLD, ANYTHING TO ACTIVATE THE THINKING PROCESS IN THE MORNING I’M ALL FOR . STEPHEN GOULD SOUNDS LIKE AN INTERESTING MAN . THE INVITE AS A SURPRISE GUEST SPEAKER FOR SMALL MINDED PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE WE ARE HERE ALONE . SORRY STEPHEN IS GONE AND I HAVE NO CHANCE OF KNOWING HIM BUT , YOU, LUISA HAVE OPENED OUR MINDS UP TO DO OUR OWN RESEARCH .THANK YOU MY DARLING 🤔👩‍💻👍

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