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The Lying Stones of Marrakech by Stephen Jay Gould
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Aug 28, 10

bookshelves: essays, nonfiction, naturalsciences, read-partially
Read in August, 2010

I haven't read much Gould, and have recently been trying to rectify this. I read bits and pieces of this, and I downloaded some other essays. I liked the downloaded stuff better.

Gould is so brilliant writing about hard sciences. His essay "The Age of Bacteria" (not in this collection) was one of the most interesting things I've read in the past year. But when he moves into softer stuff, like, I dunno, culture and human knowledge - and a lot of this tends in that direction - he loses me a little. He's a genius, but I honestly couldn't tell you what the title essay was about.
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