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Gould eloquently lays out not "a merely diplomatic solution" to rectify the physical and metaphysical, but "a principled position on moral and intellectual grounds," central to which is the elegant concept of "non-overlapping magisteria." (Gould defines magisteria as a "four-bit" word meaning domain of authority in teaching.) Essentially, science and religion can't be unified, but neither should they be in conflict; each has its own discrete magisteria, the natural world belonging exclusively to science and the moral to religion.
Gould's argument is both lucid and convincing as he cites past religious and scientific greats (including a particularly touching section on Darwin himself). Regardless of your persuasions, religious or scientific, Gould holds up his end of the conversation with characteristic respect and intelligence. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Stephen Jay Gould is a great essayist.
Gould is dismissive not only of "creation science" (as are many religious people) but of any religion containing more than an uncaused cause.
Just as religion can't decree geocentrism or oppose the theory of evolution, science cannot decree human values or ethics.
The late Stephen Jay Gould was a ground-breaking scientist, and his popular books ("The Panda's Thumb" and
the Flamingo's Thumb," for example) are nonpareil. Read more
Gould has to be one of the worst writers I've ever encountered in my college career. He's more focused on trying to show how clever he is using (sorry, misusing ) the English... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Stephen Jay Gould writes and opens worlds. Had to get the original after I tried reading it in a horrible Spanish translation.Published 7 months ago by Nicolas Luco
Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) wrote many other important books, such as Ever Since Darwin, The Panda's Thumb, Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, The Flamingo's Smile, Bully for... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Steven H Propp
The book was soaked in water, probably in sea water, which has a strong visual impact on the physical condition of it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JI-Dong Gu
This work offers a thoughtful treatment of the possibility of a sort of a settlement or reconciliation between modern natural science and religion or moral religion. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Timothy E. Kennelly
This is a much misunderstood book. Maybe that is Gould's fault, maybe not. Gould makes one point that is virtually airtight: issues of fact are settled by different methods than... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Harry Marks
The copy of the book I got seemed old, and the pages are a bit yellowed, but there were no markings in it, nor any obvious tears or folds. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Danielle