ISBN 9780099893608,Life's Grandeur

Life's Grandeur

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ISBN 9780099893608
Publisher

Random House

Publication Year 2005
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780099893608

ISBN-10 0099893606
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Popular science

In his characteristically iconoclastic and original way, Stephen Jay Gould argues that progress and increasing complexity are not inevitable features of the evolution of life on Earth. Further, if we wish to see grandeur in life, we must discard our selfish and anthropocentric view of evolution and learn to see it as Darwin did, as the random but unfathomably rich source of 'endless forms most beautiful and wonderful'. Any rational view of nature tells us that we are a simple branch on an immense bush; and that life on Earth is remarkable not for where it is leading, but for the fullness and constancy of its variety, ingenuity and diversity.
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