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Stephen Jay Gould
1941 -

Professor of geology and zoology at Harvard University, curator of invertebrate paleontology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, leading authority on Charles Darwin and theories of evolution, author of National Book Award winner The Panda's Thumb (1980) and other works


Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.

1980 - from The Panda's Thumb (Norton, New York)
Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview-- nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.

from Dinosaur in a Haystack