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Gould speaks of the importance of unbroken connections within our own lives and to our ancestralgenerations Along with way he opens to us the mysteries of fish tails frog calls and other matters an. This collection of essays is Gould s last as an author but my first as a reader of him They are somewhat eclectic though grouped according to theme and overall evolution and scientific method crop up the most often Technically the approach is less diverse with an opening starting with some personal or topical at the time of writing anecdote leading into a general discussion of a Big Idea This is somewhat irritating to me because it reminds me of Radio 4 s Thought for the Day in which a news story is used to lead into some crass attempt to foist religion on to meThe main body of each essay is well argued and clearly explained and demonstrates that Gould had not only a thorough understanding of his subject but the history of it too I learned much about modern ideas about evolution and found his remarks on scientific method interesting and worthwhile It is also clear that he found an ocean of incomprehension of evolution around him which he tried to mop up with his books knowing that they could hardly even have a measurable effectI am left however with an even stronger desire for a book preferable by Gould or Eldredge in which a coherent description of evolution and all scales of operation is given If anyone knows of one such please mention it The Book of Beginnings reader of him They are somewhat eclectic though grouped according to theme and overall evolution and scientific method crop up the most often Technically the approach is less diverse with an opening starting with some personal or topical at the time of writing anecdote leading into a general discussion of a Big Idea This is somewhat irritating to me because it The Homelanders (The Homelanders, reminds me of Radio 4 s Thought for the Day in which a news story is used to lead into some crass attempt to foist Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. religion on to meThe main body of each essay is well argued and clearly explained and demonstrates that Gould had not only a thorough understanding of his subject but the history of it too I learned much about modern ideas about evolution and found his Burning Attraction remarks on scientific method interesting and worthwhile It is also clear that he found an ocean of incomprehension of evolution around him which he tried to mop up with his books knowing that they could hardly even have a measurable effectI am left however with an even stronger desire for a book preferable by Gould or Eldredge in which a coherent description of evolution and all scales of operation is given If anyone knows of one such please mention it

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Eight Little Piggies Reflections in Natural History

Among scientists who write no one illuminates as well as Stephen Jay Gould doesthe wonderful workings of the natural world Now in a new volume of collected essays his sixth since Ever Since Darwin. Ever since I read The Panda s Thumb some years ago I ve considered Stephen Jay Gould as one of my personal heroes Every time I go to a second hand bookstore I look in the Science section for some of his books I picked this one up at Second Story Books near Dupont Circle along with The Lying Stones of Marrakech which is next on my list to readOne of the aspects of Gould s writing that I absolutely love is how he uncovers the other side of stories that most people don t contemplate Of course I don t know what he was like as a person but the impression I get from his writing is that when he finds that he disagrees with someone he would truly listen to the other person and try to understand where the disagreement comes from I feel like this characteristic is something that we should all be trying to cultivate these daysThis paragraph from Essay 29 Shields of Expectation and Actuality is a great representation of what I love about Gould s essaysThese extreme positions extreme realism vs extreme relativism of course are embraced by very few thinkers They are caricatures constructed by the opposition to enhance the rhetorical advantages of dichotomy They are not really held by anyone but partisans think that their opponents are this foolish thus fanning the zealousness of their own advocacy The possibility for consensus drowns in a sea of changesThough Gould is talking about scientific realism and relativism I feel this applies to any highly divisive topic and I try to keep this in mind any time I am thinking about these topicsA small complaint I feel like there is an error in Essay 30 A Tale of Three Pictures Gould writesAgassiz placed Cephalaspis as the first side branch from his central stock of the most primitive group the ganoids sharks and their relativesI appreciate Gould placing the word primitive in uotes as that is another often misunderstood and misapplied adjective in the context of evolution that s not my concern I did a double take at the parenthetical Ganoids are definitely NOT sharks and their relatives The figure Gould refers to looks to be in French but I can tell that the sharks and relatives are in a completely different group from the right most if you have a copy labeled Ordre des Placoides with subgroups like Chimerides chimeras rayes rays sualides dogfish and cyclostomes That last definitely doesn t belong but makes sense in the historical contextThe group labeled Order des Ganoides contains acipenserides sturgeon but that s really the only subgroup I recognize as a ganoid The group names suggest that Agassiz classified the fishes into four groups using the type of scales they have but I guess there wasn t as much close study on the scales of some of these other subgroups he considers to be ganoidsI wonder if it was actually Gould who put that in or some editor who felt an explanation was necessary I m sure he would have received plenty of letters pointing out this error before the compilation of his essays into a book Or maybe I am missing something Pegged and Plugged at the Club read The Panda s Thumb some years ago I ve considered Stephen Jay Gould as one of my personal heroes Every time I go to a second hand bookstore I look in the Science section for some of his books I picked this one up at Second Story Books near Dupont Circle along with The Lying Stones of Marrakech which is next on my list to Tunnel Through Time readOne of the aspects of Gould s writing that I absolutely love is how he uncovers the other side of stories that most people don t contemplate Of course I don t know what he was like as a person but the impression I get from his writing is that when he finds that he disagrees with someone he would truly listen to the other person and try to understand where the disagreement comes from I feel like this characteristic is something that we should all be trying to cultivate these daysThis paragraph from Essay 29 Shields of Expectation and Actuality is a great Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 representation of what I love about Gould s essaysThese extreme positions extreme Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 realism vs extreme Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 relativism of course are embraced by very few thinkers They are caricatures constructed by the opposition to enhance the The Fatima Century rhetorical advantages of dichotomy They are not Leah Starrs Revenge really held by anyone but partisans think that their opponents are this foolish thus fanning the zealousness of their own advocacy The possibility for consensus drowns in a sea of changesThough Gould is talking about scientific Pieces 8 (Pieces, realism and Time Flies and Other Short Plays relativism I feel this applies to any highly divisive topic and I try to keep this in mind any time I am thinking about these topicsA small complaint I feel like there is an error in Essay 30 A Tale of Three Pictures Gould writesAgassiz placed Cephalaspis as the first side branch from his central stock of the most primitive group the ganoids sharks and their Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) relatives The figure Gould Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra refers to looks to be in French but I can tell that the sharks and Chinas Son relatives are in a completely different group from the Welcome to the Desert of the Real right most if you have a copy labeled Ordre des Placoides with subgroups like Chimerides chimeras Dead End Bluff rayes King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers rays sualides dogfish and cyclostomes That last definitely doesn t belong but makes sense in the historical contextThe group labeled Order des Ganoides contains acipenserides sturgeon but that s Factory of Death recognize as a ganoid The group names suggest that Agassiz classified the fishes into four groups using the type of scales they have but I guess there wasn t as much close study on the scales of some of these other subgroups he considers to be ganoidsI wonder if it was actually Gould who put that in or some editor who felt an explanation was necessary I m sure he would have Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years, received plenty of letters pointing out this error before the compilation of his essays into a book Or maybe I am missing something

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D shows once and for all why we must take notice when a seemingly insignificant creature is threatened like the land snail Partula from Moorea whose extinction he movingly relates from the back cov. All I can say is that I really liked this book A lot Gd is in the details yeah The Eagle & the Nightingales (Bardic Voices, relates from the back cov. All I can say is that I


10 thoughts on “Eight Little Piggies Reflections in Natural History

  1. says:

    It's easy to think that we are the most ephemeral of creatures our lifetimes but a blink in the overall scheme One of the things I get from reading Gould is the knowledge that we are very ancient creatures I am a

  2. says:

    Published in 1993 'Eight Little Piggies' is Stephen Jay Gould's sixth book of collected essays These essays besides being full of fascinating natural science facts and history discuss Gould's horror at the loss of animals around the world for the first time in a section Part one The Scale of ExtinctionThe rest

  3. says:

    Ever since I read The Panda's Thumb some years ago I've considered Stephen Jay Gould as one of my personal heroes Every time I go to a second hand bookstore I look in the Science section for some of his books I picked this one up at Second Story Books near Dupont Circle along with The Lying Stones of Marrakech which is next on my list to readOne of the aspects of Gould's writing that I absolutely love is how

  4. says:

    This collection of essays is Gould's last as an author but my first as a reader of him They are somewhat eclectic though grouped according to theme and overall evolution and scientific method crop up the most often Technically the approach is less diverse with an opening starting with some personal or topical at the time o

  5. says:

    I wish he were still alive and could come teach debaters logic

  6. says:

    I think I enjoyed some of his other collections a little than this one The earlier collections seemed like science for the layman and

  7. says:

    All I can say is that I really liked this book A lot Gd is in the details yeah

  8. says:

    Not an easy read for me since I have little knowledge of things palentological but the insights into evolution are worth wading through The man was a supreme essayist

  9. says:

    Another great entry from Stephen Jay Gould Really enjoyed his techniue of feinting from one popular topic into a deeper scientific insight

  10. says:

    Mr Gould was a Harvard professor and since the early 70's has been writing essayson natural history evolution paleontology study of prehistoric life His essays were bundledand published into books Dinosaur in a ha

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