"Skepticism is the agent of reason against organized irrationalism - and is therefore one of the keys to human social and civic decency." - Stephen Jay Gould
Of the scientists who have left their mark on science, skepticism and indeed the Skeptic's Society, few are more quotable or thought-provoking than the late evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould. This week onSkepticality, Swoopy talks with Richard York, co-author (with Brett Clark) of The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould. This new book offers a unique look at Gould not only as a paleontologist and evolutionary theorist, but also as a humanist and one of the most prolific science historians of our time.
Date – March 8th, 2011 read by Derek
Today's Science Shoutout provided by The Louisville Area Skeptics
Today's guest is Richard York.
York is co-author of The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould.
Stephen Jay Gould was a groundbreaking paleontologist and evolutionary biologist.
Gould spent his career at Harvard.
Gould also appeared in the Simpson's Episode Lisa The Skeptic.
Stephen Jay Gould died on May 20, 2002.
Skeptic History Notes–
The Jupiter Effect was predicted for March 10, 1982, but nothing happened.
The book The Jupiter Effect was written by Stephen Plagemann
and John Gribbin, who was born March 19, 1946.
L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, was born 100 years ago, on March 13, 1911.
Paul Haggis born March 10, 1953 publicly broke with Scientology in 2009.
His experiences with the church were the subject of a
major article in The New Yorker last month.
Anonymous’ Project Chanology protests against the church
often take place around Hubbard’s birthday.
There is a protest planned for this weekend.
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Gould cited his two heroes other than his father were Joe DiMaggio and Charles Darwin.
Gould wrote more papers about baseball than he did about punctuated equilibrium.
Entropic Homogeneity Isn’t Why No One Hits.400 Any More was one of those.
Gould's idea of Non-Overlapping Magisteria was controversial with scientists and clergy.
The Unofficial Stephen Jay Gould archive contains a wealth of information.
Richard York and Brett Clark also co-authored:
Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present.
The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould is available at booksellers.