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Friday, May 19, 2006

In Memoriam: Stephen J. Gould, But Not Darwin


Look what I just found while going through some of my old stuff.

Gosh, looks like our hero Darwin has got himself into a real pickle this time, hasn’t he? Will he survive this upcoming trial? Will the evil Disco Boys sink his H.M.S. Beagle for good? Will the He-Being Behe have the final hee-hee at our poor hero’s expense?

Unfortunately, unless you click on the image and wait for the large file to load, you can’t read the date very well: February 1982. This is, of course, the Little Rock trial involving the question of “scientific creationism” and how it was about to deal the final blow to “Darwinism.” Yeah, right. Darwin's theory, though it has since been augmented by Mendel's inheritance observations, modern genetics, etc., is alive and well, thank you very much.

And inside, I rediscovered this essay by Stephen J. Gould (September 10, 1941 – May 20, 2002).

[If you would like to read the whole essay, just let me know if you want a copy, and I'll get you one.]

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