Stephen Jay Gould — American Scientist born on September 10, 1941, died on May 20, 2002

Stephen Jay Gould was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation. Gould spent most of his career teaching at Harvard University and working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the later years of his life, Gould also taught biology and evolution at New York University... (wikipedia)

Science is not a heartless pursuit of objective information. It is a creative human activity, its geniuses acting more as artists than as information processors.
What you see is that the most outstanding feature of life's history is a constant domination by bacteria.
The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.
We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction.
The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

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