Stephen Jay Gould: I Have Landed

The subtitle of this selection of essays may well have been, "How Wrong We Were", because the vast majority of them discusses well-known and lesser-known fallacies in scientific and pseudo-scientific reasoning. Although some are interesting and others are downright enlightening, it's remarkable that none of them concern today's "serious" scientists. Gould seems to want to avoid antagonizing his colleagues, or he truly believes current scientific theory to be free of bias --neither scenario sounds very nice. As a result, he comes across as a friendly grandfather: very wise and full of fascinating stories, but ultimately a bit stuffy and complacent.

Posted by cronopio at 05:18 PM, June 20, 2004