Evolutionary Biology Quotes

Quotes tagged as "evolutionary-biology" (showing 1-30 of 45)
Richard Dawkins
“Individuals are not stable things, they are fleeting. Chromosomes too are shuffled into oblivion, like hands of cards soon after they are dealt. But the cards themselves survive the shuffling. The cards are the genes. The genes are not destroyed by crossing-over, they merely change partners and march on. Of course they march on. That is their business. They are the replicators and we are their survival machines. When we have served our purpose we are cast aside. But genes are denizens of geological time: genes are forever.”
Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins
“Different sorts of survival machine appear very varied on the outside and in their internal organs. An octopus is nothing like a mouse, and both are quite different from an oak tree. Yet in their fundamental chemistry they are rather uniform, and, in particular, the replicators that they bear, the genes, are basically the same kind of molecule in all of us—from bacteria to elephants. We are all survival machines for the same kind of replicator—molecules called DNA— but there are many different ways of making a living in the world, and the replicators have built a vast range of machines to exploit them. A monkey is a machine that preserves genes up trees, a fish is a machine that preserves genes in the water; there is even a small worm that preserves genes in German beer mats. DNA works in mysterious ways.”
Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins
“Prediction in a complex world is a chancy business. Every decision that a survival machine takes is a gamble, and it is the business of genes to program brains in advance so that on average they take decisions that pay off. The currency used in the casino of evolution is survival, strictly gene survival, but for many purposes individual survival is a reasonable approximation.”
Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

Nicholas J. Wade
“The genes supply the motivation for warfare, [E. O.] Wilson is saying, in humans as they do in chimps, but people, blessed with the power of language, look for some objective cause of war. A society psychs itself up to go to war by agreeing that their neighbors have wronged them, whether by seizing property or failing to deliver on some promise. Religious leaders confirm that the local deity favors their cause and off go the troops. ”
Nicholas J. Wade

Ernst W. Mayr
“{On to contributions to evolutionary biology of 18th century French scientist, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon}

He was not an evolutionary biologist, yet he was the father of evolutionism. He was the first person to discuss a large number of evolutionary problems, problems that before Buffon had not been raised by anybody.... he brought them to the attention of the scientific world.

Except for Aristotle and Darwin, no other student of organisms [whole animals and plants] has had as far-reaching an influence.

He brought the idea of evolution into the realm of science. He developed a concept of the "unity of type", a precursor of comparative anatomy. More than anyone else, he was responsible for the acceptance of a long-time scale for the history of the earth. He was one of the first to imply that you get inheritance from your parents, in a description based on similarities between elephants and mammoths. And yet, he hindered evolution by his frequent endorsement of the immutability of species. He provided a criterion of species, fertility among members of a species, that was thought impregnable.”
Ernst W. Mayr

Abhijit Naskar
“Homosexuality is nature’s way of keeping the population in check.”
Abhijit Naskar, In Search of Divinity: Journey to The Kingdom of Conscience

“The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”
John Burdon Sanderson Haldane

Scott Solomon
“We live in an exciting time. We now know more than ever about our biology and about our history, allowing us to peer into the future with greater clarity than has previously been possible. But at the same time, the changes we are undergoing, brought about by our own advances in technology, medicine, transportation-- and by the growing impact we are having on the world around us-- mean that we live in a time in which the future looks increasingly less like the past. We have become an odd species, indeed, but our story is not yet over. Like all species, Homo sapiens continues to evolve, so there is one thing we can say with certainty: the people of tomorrow will not be the same as the people of today.”
Scott Solomon, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution

Abhijit Naskar
“Homosexuality is neither a sin, nor an anomaly or a disease. It is an evolutionary variation.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“Neither humans nor the Gods that they have created are superior to old Mother Nature.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“Love begins with the stage of subconscious primitive lust and attraction. I’m saying primitive because at this very early stage there is really no difference between primitive man and modern man.”
Abhijit Naskar, Love, God & Neurons: Memoir of a scientist who found himself by getting lost

Jordan B. Peterson
“[God] tells the woman that she will now bring forth children in sorrow, and desire an unworthy, sometimes resentful man, who will in consequence lord her biological fate over her, permanently. What might this mean? It could just mean that God is a patriarchal tyrant, as politically motivated interpretations of the ancient story insist. I think it’s—merely descriptive.
Merely. And here is why: As human beings evolved, the brains that eventually gave rise to self-consciousness expanded tremendously. This produced an evolutionary arms race between fetal head and female pelvis.56 The female graciously widened her hips, almost to the point where running would no longer be possible. The baby, for his part, allowed himself to be born more than a year early, compared to other mammals of his size, and evolved a semi-collapsible head.57 This was and is a painful adjustment for both. The essentially fetal baby is almost completely dependent on his mother for everything during that first year. The programmability of his massive brain means that he must be trained until he is eighteen (or thirty) before being pushed out of the nest. This is to say nothing of the woman’s consequential pain in childbirth, and high risk of death for mother and infant alike. This all means that women pay a high price for pregnancy and child-rearing, particularly in the early stages, and that one of the inevitable consequences is increased dependence upon the sometimes unreliable and always problematic good graces of men.”
Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Abhijit Naskar
“After the dinosaurs, it is us the humans that have become the dominant species on planet earth. However, unlike the dinosaurs, we have become the rulers of this planet not by ferociousness, but by intelligence, even though we are no less ferocious than them.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“Nature programmed the neurobiological processes of early love to appear as something beyond the primitive sexual cravings of the genitals. So, from an evolutionary standpoint, it all leads to copulation and reproduction, but from the perspective of the individual who has recently fallen head over heels in love with someone, it is mostly about a sensation of warmth and delight, and rarely of sexual nature.”
Abhijit Naskar, Love, God & Neurons: Memoir of a scientist who found himself by getting lost

Abhijit Naskar
“Males of all species are made for wooing females, and females typically choose among their suitors. If you take a closer look, you can observe such behavior all around you. The beautiful bird chirping outside your window. It’s a mating call. That pretty little bird is trying to attract a potential mate, so that it can propagate its genes. Why does the peacock have such beautiful feathers? It is to attract a healthy female. He as well is trying to propagate his genes. Even we humans, are not much different from the rest of the animal kingdom when it comes to attracting potential mates. When women dress up for their night out at the club, they are doing so to look attractive. This is a subconscious evolutionary desire to attract as many potential mates as possible.... While women tend to grab attention with their looks, men on the other hand, tend to attract as many potential females as possible, by showing off their resources. When a man shows off with his fancy car, expensive gold watch and suit, or flexes his muscles and brags about how many credit cards he owns, he’s doing so to make himself desirable by healthy women, in order to propagate his genes. It is all in the pursuit of reproduction.”
Abhijit Naskar, What is Mind?

Abhijit Naskar
“Good and evil are both within us. And when our primitive ancestors humanized these natural qualities of the mind, they got two completely opposite supernatural characters. One was the merciful lord almighty and the other was the wicked devil.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“The lessons of relationship that our primordial ancestors learned are deeply encoded in the genetics of our neurobiological circuits of love. They are present from the moment we are born and activated at puberty by the cocktail of neurochemicals. It’s an elegant synchronized system. At first our brain weighs a potential partner, and if the person fits our ancestral wish list, we get a spike in the release of sex chemicals that makes us dizzy with a rush of unavoidable infatuation. It’s the first step down the primeval path of pair-bonding.”
Abhijit Naskar, What is Mind?

Abhijit Naskar
“Faith is a natural evolutionary trait of the human mind, selected by Mother Nature as an internal coping-mechanism.”
Abhijit Naskar

Anthony Marais
“Cockroach: What is war?
Man: How we lost the human race.”
Anthony Marais, Delusionism

Abhijit Naskar
“Diversity is Nature’s stronghold, yet that very diversity has become a curse for an entire species, which is supposedly the most advanced one on its planet.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

Abhijit Naskar
“It takes not a few centuries, or even millenniums, but millions of years for a subtle evolutionary change to become noticeable.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

Abhijit Naskar
“Survive, survive and survive – these are the quintessential laws of Nature. But survive does not always mean being mean.”
Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

Abhijit Naskar
“Nature deemed God worthy and hence chose it as her slave to serve the humans appearing as the master.”
Abhijit Naskar, 7 Billion Gods: Humans Above All

“Other researchers think that evolutionary transformations are best studied by the comparison of embryonic development and its underlying genetic causes. The conceptual justification for that approach is the claim that what is inherited from the parents and ancestors are not adult traits but rather developmental programs that regulate the development of adult traits.”
Olivier Rieppel, Turtles as Hopeful Monsters: Origins and Evolution

Joseph Raphael Becker
“When in a little corner
on a tiny blue dot,
deep under the ocean,
in a very special spot...
an itty bitty thing
woke up anew
and came alive.
I tell you, it's true!”
Joseph Raphael Becker, Annabelle & Aiden: The Story Of Life

Joseph Raphael Becker
“Some joined in the dance
but stayed close to the waters,
like lizards and seals,
frogs, turtles, and otters.”
Joseph Raphael Becker, Annabelle & Aiden: The Story Of Life

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