January 9, 2009

Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould born on September 10, 1941  and died May 20, 2002 was a prominent American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation. Gould spent most of his career teaching at Harvard University and working at the  American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the latter years of his life, Gould also taught biology and evolution at New York University near his home in SoHo. His most important contribution to science was that the evolution proceeded in punctuated manner… Read More »Stephen Jay Gould

Altruism and Aggression

In the preface to his book named “Mutual Aid: A factor of evolution”, Russian Anarchist, Peter Kropotkin writes ” Two aspects of animal life impressed me most during the journeys which I made in my youth in Eastern Siberia and Northern Manchuria. One of them was the extreme severity of the struggle for existence which most species of  animals have to carry on against an inclement Nature; the enormous destruction of life which periodically results from natural agencies; and the consequent paucity of life over the vast territory which fell under my observation. And the other was, that even in… Read More »Altruism and Aggression