Evolutionary Biology Quotes

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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 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 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 Mayr

“It turns out that Darwin and a century of biologists following him were wrong in one key respect: evolution does not always plod along at a snail's pace. When natural selection is strong—as occurs when conditions change—evolution can rip along at light speed.”
Jonathan B. Losos, Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution

“Men’s behavior is, to some extent, the result of female sexual preferences. If women didn’t want to mate with masculine men, these traits would have been removed from the gene pool long ago. “Toxic masculinity” is the result of women’s sexual preferences over thousands of generations. Contemporary feminists are punishing an entire generation of men for the mating preferences of their female ancestors.”
Debra Soh, The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society

Abhijit Naskar
“To your biology, survival of your genes is more important than accomplishment of your dreams.”
Abhijit Naskar

Richard Dawkins
“ An astronomically overwhelming majority of the people who could be born never will be. You are one of a tiny minority whose number came up. Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.”
Richard Dawkins

Suzanne Palmer
“F--- that," she interrupted. "If everyone always waited till they felt ready, we'd all still be fish living on trees.”
Suzanne Palmer, Finder

Mwanandeke Kindembo
“The fact that you came from a very beautiful worm demonstrate that, evolution is more romantic than scientific. Thus, it arouses the mind rather than illuminating it.”
Mwanandeke Kindembo

Laurence Galian
“Female humans are the only primates with permanently enlarged buttocks. Enlarged female breasts evolved as a copy of the female posterior.”
Laurence Galian, 666: Connection with Crowley

“Like a dog trying to chase its own tail, so it goes for some branches of the sciences and the coveted 'theory of everything' also known as reality. There is no theory really for everything is Self and Self is undivided. As to reality; of course reality is real. Of course reality is Self-contained. Why? Reality is Self. Self perceives/experiences itself as itself and calls itself reality. In other words: Of course everything real enough to affect reality is inside of reality. There is only Self calling itself reality. Self itself is. Self always is. Self is undivided but perceives itself divided not to 'feel' alone. I say 'feel' instead of 'be' for Self is always alOne which is why reality is as it is in the first place. You see, Self desires to negate its aloneness aka loneliness which results in Self perceiving itself as diversified, as variegated, for the reason to experience Companionship. Companionship is the purpose of reality. Loneliness is the cause of reality. And since the word reality is in truth Self we can state the following. Companionship is the purpose of Self. Loneliness is the cause of Self. All that is here is Self desiring not to feel alone. All that is here is Self desiring Companionship. All that is here is Self desiring Love. Love? Yes Love. For Love is a synonym for Companionship. As such it is equally correct to state that there is only God. That reality is God. That God desires not to feel alone. That God desires Companionship. That God desires Love. Love is all that matters rightfully so. All this for Love, not to feel alone. The Theory of Everything (TOE) is The Eternal One (TEO) aka Self as in I. I is always I. The Theory of Everything (TOE) is Self for Self is The Eternal One (TEO). None of it matters except for the fact that the kernel of I is Love. As such the only valid equation for ॐ is "ॐ=Love" or "I=Love" as I is Love.”
Wald Wassermann

Frans de Waal
“Humans diverged from apes about as long ago as African and Asian elephants did from each other, and they are genetically as close or distant. Yet we freely call both of those species “elephants” while obsessing over the specific point at which our own lineage moved from being an ape to being human. We even have special words for this process, such as humanization and anthropogenesis. That there was ever a point in time is a widespread illusion, like trying to find the precise wavelength in the light spectrum at which orange turns red. Our desire for sharp divisions is at odds with evolution’s habit of making extremely smooth transitions.”
Frans de Waal, Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

“Harvest" is a deep and meaningful exploration of the complexities regarding the origins of the human race as well as the intentions of an alien species.”
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Sean B. Carroll
“Evo Devo has not just provided a critical missing piece of the Modern Synthesis - embryology - and integrated it with molecular genetics and traditional elements such as paleontology. The wholly unexpected nature of some of its key discoveries and the unprecedented quality and depth of evidence it has provided toward settling previously unresolved questions bestow it with a revolutionary character.”
Sean B. Carroll, Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

“This is where the debate between contingency and determinism becomes personal. If we can predict not only when rapid evolution will occur, but what form it will take, we will be able to derive general principles and thus be better positioned to respond effectively. But if each case of rapid evolution is contingent on the specific circumstances, then we'll have to start from scratch each time we face a new weed, pest, or disease, figuring out how our evolutionary foe is adapting and what we can do about it.”
Jonathan B. Losos, Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution

Abhijit Naskar
“The capacities that we are born with are Nature's gift to us and how we use them is our gift to Nature.”
Abhijit Naskar, Revolution Indomable

Erica Bauermeister
“I wonder sometimes how I could have ever believed in mermaids. I never would have accepted something like the Easter bunny- I knew too much about chickens and who they let take their eggs away. But I had seen flowers bloom into fruit, like straw turned into gold. I'd seen the way sea anemones seemed to die and be born again with every shift of the tide. I'd found seashells that spiraled into themselves, and my father had told me that those elegant shapes once housed animals. In such a world, mermaids did not seem impossible.”
Erica Bauermeister, The Scent Keeper

Richard Dawkins
“Tanrı İbrahim'e İshak'ı yakılacak odunlar üzerinde bağlamasını emrettiğinde İbrahim sorgulamadan emre uymuştu. Tanrı İshak'ı kurtarmak için son anda araya girdiğinde, bir koçu göndermiş ve boynuzlarının yakındaki sık bir çalıya takılmasını sağlamıştı. İbrahim mesajı alıp Tanrı'ya istediği sunağı vermişti. Bu koçun aniden ortaya çıkışının resmi Kilise Okulu yorumlaması, olayın Tanrı'nın insanları kurban etmeyi durdurtup onların yerine hayvanları kurban edin deme yolu olduğudur. Fakat öyküdeki Tanrı karakteri o günlerde insanlarla sürekli konuşmaktadır aslında, çünkü zaten İbrahim'e İshak'ı öldürmesini söyleyen odur. Yani insanlar yerine koyunları kurban edin demek için zavallı İshak'ı böylesine korkunç bir ateşten gömleğe sokmak yerine bunu basitçe söylememiş olmak nedendir?”
Richard Dawkins, Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide

Abhijit Naskar
“Human brain is the supreme creator of all fortune. It is the biggest miracle of nature which makes all other miracles possible.”
Abhijit Naskar, Ain't Enough to Look Human

Guy P. Harrison
“Every person is a collective, a vast and complex gathering of interdependent life. Any description of ‘human’ must acknowledge these intimate strangers. Our bond with microbes is such that they are not so much riders, parasites, and assistants as part human. And we, it’s becoming increasingly clear, may need to begin thinking of ourselves as part microbe.”
Guy P. Harrison, At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life

Guy P. Harrison
“Evolution is the long blur, a constant and living flow of branching relationships. One thing is always connected to another and another. Having no regard for our love of labels and organization, life rolls on as a continual stream of organic matter. The important thing about the origin of the human brain is not pinpointing some specific time, event, or fossil to declare a beginning in order to satisfy our desire for order. What matters is that we understand the process from which it emerged and how deeply rooted the modern human brain is to its past.”
Guy P. Harrison, Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and Wiser

“Earth, air, fire, and water," he began. "The ancient Greek philosopher Empedocles says that these four elements are the roots of everything."
Here was the garden he inherited from Leah. Celia, who mostly tended it, called it her sculpture in four dimensions, the fourth being time. Perhaps all sculpture changed over time, with decay and dissolution setting in, rust and chipping and breakage. But marble or bronze evolved so slowly, and their changes were unintended, while the garden was always in visible flux, each morning a new unfolding. Celia always said that the flower beds were a progression of looping actions: each plant opening, blooming, fading, setting seed, drooping, falling; and each seed rooting, sprouting, budding, blooming. And the seasons, the moons and days, the pendulum of darkness and light, the beat of the cardinal's song. Was the earth, then, our real timepiece? Stop, Pindar. Pay attention.
"But Empedocles also said that our spirits have successive lives, born sometimes as the fair-tressed laurel trees, sometimes as lions who live in the golden grass...."
A shifting of the light through the trees made Pindar notice the Queen Anne's lace in its brass vase. Constellations of tiny white stars swirled in a galactic umbrella the size of his hand- who was above? Who below? Beside their lacy flaring explosives symmetry, the black-eyed Susans gazed at him with their fierce yellow. Wide-open, with none of the hidden turns and caverns of the lilies whose trumpets would be deep enough to incubate in, or at least hide one's thoughts in, though their scent would be too strong for the dinner table.”
Grace Dane Mazur, The Garden Party

“Reality is one, bubbles are many.”
Wald Wassermann

“My goodness. How did I get here. The answer is Self desiring love.”
Wald Wassermann

“And so self forever veils itself so not be by itself. So to love and be loved in eternal return.”
Wald Wassermann

“There is only oneself in relationship with itself.”
Wald Wassermann

“The current theory on the origin of life, abiogenesis, is like science wanted to go full ensō on itself but stopped short at reaching a final conclusion. This final conclusion being that the origin of self is self not wanting to be by itself and that the purpose of self is companionship otherwise known as love. Hence biodiversity.”
Wald Wassermann

“a history measured in centuries is the tiniest drop in the proverbial bucket of evolutionary time.”
Douglas Tallamy

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