Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Darwin via Stephen Jay Gould

Reading and discussing Gould's essay, Darwin's Middle Road, tomorrow.  Gould, who was an evolutionary biologist, is a powerful writer whose arguments seem to form quite effortlessly. His point in this piece is that Darwin combined inductivism and "eureka-ism" to great effect--the theory of evolution.  To read this essay from The Panda's Thumb is to understand one of the greatest ironies in modern science: Darwin's great contribution to science was the result of close observation, yes--but also wide reading in economics, theology, and moral philosophy. 

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