Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin

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Stephen Jay Gould 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.Most of Gould s empirical research was on land snails Gould

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  • Paperback
  • 244 pages
  • Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin
  • Stephen Jay Gould
  • 19 July 2017
  • 9780674061613

10 thoughts on “Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin

  1. says:

    Dawkins once criticised Gould for being too good a writer Now, there s a criticism you don t read every day.This is a stunning book In it Gould discusses Plato s forms, his fight with cancer and his explanation of evolution as not being about increasing complexity Prepare to have your fundamental assumptions about evolution shaken to the core.I love this man s writing over the years he taught me about the world than just about anyone else I ve ever read In fact, if there was anyone I would quite like to have been

  2. says:

    The ideas outlined in this book can easily get a 5 star rating My understanding of evolution after reading it is entirely different from what it was before doing so Gould shattered some old concepts and replaced them with powerful and concrete ideas that helped me appreciate life even so especially after knowing how improbable our own existence is There is indeed grandeur in this view of life.I deducted one star because of the part about baseball, which was too painful to read for a non American who doesn t know a thing about the game, but most importantly because the author was repetitious regarding the main premise of the book, i.e the history of life is void of any drive towards progress when all living things Full House are taken into account I believe the book could have been shorter, but I won t deny that it was a very enjoyable read I strongly recommend it to anyone who s interested in Evolution.

  3. says:

    If you think, like a lot of people do, that evolution is a progressive process that moves towards complexity whatever that means , and, even worse, if you re a member of a solipsistic species called Homo sapiens who think that they re the goal and the pinnacle of evolution, you need to read this book Gould shows that progress is not only NOT the goal of evolution it s not even a general trend The book may also help you with answering another one of the dumb questions asked by the creationists Why didn t all apes evolve to become humans But why even bother talking to creationists Gould didn t emphasize this point hard enough, but this book also puts a chill on the enthusiasm of finding intelligent life outside this planet If there s a planet that is amenable to life, surely given enough time evolution will produce an intelligent species like us, right Wrong As Carl Sagan said in another book, this is like elephants expecting evolution producing an extraterrestrial species with large trunks We re just an unpredictable and contingent accident of evolution, not its intended culmination If you replay the evolution of life over and over again, almost surely we will never appear again.Gould is very good in statistics as also proved in The Mismeasurement of Man and he can spot wrong conclusions from sloppy statistical reasoning very well If you care enough, you can also learn from this book that why the disappearing of 0.4 hitting in baseball is because the game has improved, not worsened.

  4. says:

    How do I say this properly Gould is brilliant, and a wonderful writer for starters I also don t think his approach was wrong with this one I thought the idea of hitting it out with statistics was a good one But please too much baseball If I buy a book referenced under science I want to read science I think he either should have lengthened the book to compensate on the science end of it or shortened the baseball reference considerably I mean really how many pages were really necessary to get that point home For me I could have believed him and seen it in three I imagine, but did anyone count the pages in this dedicated to baseball Eee Gads I get the comparison, great MOVE ON

  5. says:

    this book, Gould appeals to us to consider the full range of complexity in systems, rather than concentrating on the outliers His overall point is that while human beings may be particularly complex life forms, that doesn t in itself make us the destined end point of evolution, which will quite naturally increase the number of complex organisms because all in all they are not as likely to become less complex.He bolsters this argument with a rather moving personal testimony about being a cancer survivor, and an excessively lengthy section a quarter of the book about why baseball will never again see anyone achieve a batting average of 0.400 or better, in which the term batting average is nowhere explained, which makes it pretty uninteresting for those of us who know little of baseball But the other three quarters of the book are good.

  6. says:

    A good book with a lot of valuable information I think that Gould goes on far longer than necessary to make his point, but it s understandable since it goes against traditional thinking, and I imagine he s had to fight quite a bit to promote this concept at all.

  7. says:

    Well said, Professor Gould No, really, very well said indeed Almost perfect, really No need to repeat it, I got the idea the first time and well now you ve gone and said it again in a slightly different way, which makes me wonder if you think I m some sort of dimwit who needs you to draw me a picture Oh look, now there s a picture .That s my only complaint about this otherwise remarkably entertaining and stimulating book, which lucidly expresses some fascinating ideas that will leave any self respecting homo sapiens respecting himself a little less and bacteria a little Those guys are the dominant species on this planet Always have been Always will be We humans are just a crazy idea evolution got when it stayed up all night smoking crystal meth Sure, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but in the last three billion years, it s never improved on bacteria, the megalomaniac delusions of evolution s latest flight of fancy notwithstanding The book s central theme is crucial to a genuine understanding of evolution Pardon the shameless self promotion, but I recently wrote a blog post about evolution expressing some similar ideas It was motivated by my frustration with the retort that language evolves, in response to my complaints about the cacophonous mangling of our language, largely at the hands, or, mostly, thumbs, of the text message generation As Gould expresses it so well we get to a better place by removing the ill adapted, not by actively constructing an improved version I think we d all do well to fully realize that Evolution is not a conscious, directed march toward perfection It s very nearly the opposite of that The use of baseball to convey a fairly sophisticated mathematical concept at the heart of his central idea was, in my opinion, clever and effective, though I could see how that entire section would be tedious for anyone who isn t a fan of either sports or math I have no interest in sports, but get possibly giddy at the mere sight of lowercase Greek letters, so I found the analogy brilliant, albeit, as noted, a little repetitive and redundant And possibly iterative But mostly, he just said the same thing over and over.

  8. says:

    Stephen Jay Gould is a skeptic s skeptic Most of his longer form books as opposed to his wonderful essay collections deal with some long held belief in scientific or societal thinking, and then using sometimes tedious statistical analysis to show how said belief is wrong What s not to love about a man who made a hobby out of trying to break various paradigms of thought Sure, he can get a little bit repetitive as he states and restates his thesis and gives detailed re accounts of points he made just a few pages or chapters ago And when I used the word tedious , I absolutely meant it The lengths to which Gould goes to prove his hypotheses are quite entertaining in their own rights And yes, the subject matter itself may seem a bit dry How exciting can a book about the contrast between opposing ideas concerning the presence or absence of progress in the history of life be Now to be sure, I only recommend this book to the nerdiest of academic wannabes To the kinds of people who find modal dominance and skewed means via extreme variations interesting Or if those don t float your boat, I d also recommend this to people who might delight in watching Gould taking an idea that is quite counter intuitive that the extinction of 0.400 batters in baseball signifies an improvement in overall play, not a decline and then proving it quite convincingly true.That the illusion of progress in evolutionary history now seems an artifact of human s egocentric perceptions than a natural law is a testament to how thorough and convincing Gould can be when he gets on a role.And the delight in watching him dance nimbly from point to point to make his case is part of what makes this book so enjoyable Even if statistical analysis of the modal and average complexity through the history of life isn t your cup of tea.

  9. says:

    In the prologue Gould promises that this is a short book It is not short enough All the arguments and evidence could have been thoroughly covered in a few pages The book is full of repetition and harping, harping, harping on the same thing It should have been an article, not a book But he s right, and I suppose a book reaches a wider and lay audience than an article Still, I could have used less baseball and lot less patting himself on the back.

  10. says:

    Probably not one for those without an interest in statistical distributions, but I found it an interesting analysis of the way in which our perception of some effects can mask their true nature in particular with reference to the idea that evolution drives towards greater complexity The ideas seem obvious once explained but do run counter to some accepted wisdom

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