May 30, 2002


A scientist for the rest of us : Whether infuriating sociobiologists or enchanting readers, Stephen Jay Gould liked messes and knew how to make hard thought look like fun. (Andrew Brown, May 24, 2002, Salon)
He gave as good as he got in his long feud with the "Darwinian fundamentalists," as he called his opponents. This term, an inspired piece of polemical mudslinging, showed that what his own invective lacked in quantity, it made up in quality, since one of the defining characteristics of the sociobiologists he was attacking was their rather Victorian atheism, and their conviction that the worst sort of human being in the world was a fundamentalist Christian.

Regardless of your feelings about evolution, you have to be amused that Mr. Gould's greatest epithet was an accusation that his opponents believed in Darwinism more than he did. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 30, 2002 7:11 AM
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