Quotes by Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read authors of popular science of his generation.

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In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.

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Evolution is a process of constant branching and expansion.

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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.

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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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The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.

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