FULL HOUSE

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Harvard University Press, Oct 1, 2011 - Science - 244 pages
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Gould shows why a more accurate way of understanding our world is to look at a given subject within its own context, to see it as a part of a spectrum of variation and then to reconceptualize trends as expansion or contraction of this “full house” of variation, and not as the progress or degeneration of an average value, or single thing.
  

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Contents

A Modest Proposal
1
How Shall we Read and Spot a Trend?
5
Death and Horses Two Cases for the Primacy of Variation
43
The Model Batter Extinction of 0400 Hitting and the Improvement of Baseball
75
The Modal Bacter Why Progress Does not Rule the History of Life
133
Bibliography
231
Index
238
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Stephen Jay Gould was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University and Vincent Astor Visiting Professor of Biology at New York University. A MacArthur Prize Fellow, he received innumerable honors and awards and wrote many books, including Ontogeny and Phylogeny and Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle (both from Harvard).

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