Stephen Jay Gould Quotes

Stephen Jay Gould

US author, naturalist, paleontologist, & popularizer of science (1941 - 2002)

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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.

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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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