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Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
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“Scientists have power by virtue of the respect commanded by the discipline... We live with poets and politicians, preachers and philosophers. All have their ways of knowing, and all are valid in their proper domain. The world is too complex and interesting for one way to hold all the answers.”
Stephen Jay Gould, Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History
“The facts of nature are what they are, but we can only view them through the spectacles of our mind. Our mind works largely by metaphor and comparison, not always (or often) by relentless logic. When we are caught in conceptual traps, the best exit is often a change in metaphor — not because the new guideline will be truer to nature (for neither the old nor the new metaphor lies “out there” in the woods), but because we need a shift to more fruitful perspectives, and metaphor is often the best agent of conceptual transition.”
Stephen Jay Gould, Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History
“Knowledge and wonder are the dyad of our worthy lives as intellectual beings.”
Stephen Jay Gould, Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History
“Our planet is not fragile at its own timescale and we, pitiful latecomers in the last microsecond of our planetary year, are stewards of nothing in the long run.”
Stephen Jay Gould, Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History