Authors Citing this Paper: Gould (Stephen Jay)
- A total of 299 Stephen Jay Gould essays are captured in the ten collections that this effort summarizes, touching on a wide variety of subjects. Each can be read as a stand-alone piece – which, in fact, each one was at one time.
- One of the purposes of this overall project, however, is to allow the reader to pour through multiple essay summaries in a sitting. This allows one to grasp the range and cleverness of his views much more quickly, but it comes with a trade-off: one can feel whipsawed across idea-space, especially if unfamiliar with his recurring themes.
- This section, therefore, is an attempt to provide – as concisely as possible – the relevant background one needs to feel “oriented” in Gould’s world of essays. If Gould’s essays are all over the map, think of this overview as “the map.”
- We must begin with the nuances associated with the term “worldview” itself.
- The Academic Nature of Worldviews – 1
- Pre-Darwinian – 2
- Darwin’s Worldview – 5
- Mendel, Population Genetics, and the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis – 13
- Punctuated Equilibrium – 18
- Adaptationism and the Spandrels of San Marco – 22
- Reductionism, Selfish Genes, and Evolutionary Psychology – 27
- Hierarchical Evolution – 30
- Catastrophe and Mass Extinction – 34
- Trends in Natural History – 37
- Gould on Science, Creationism, the Humanities, and Religion – 43
- Summary – 48
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