Another quote from Gould’s book, The Panda’s Thumb (pg. 243).
Talking about the rapid changes in scientific belief and overcoming past findings which are shown to be ridiculous–
“Our century is no standard for all ages; science is always an interaction of prevailing culture, individual eccentricity, and empirical constraint.”
Again, wow, thanks for the encouragment! What a basis for belief!
What he’s saying is that scientific findings, no matter how stated–as law or theory–are relative to current cultural beliefs, the weirdness of scientific discoverers and whether or not other people can catch your errors! And this is written from one of the strongest proponents of science and evolution!What a basis for truth! It’s no wonder our world is so messed up!
In case you’re wondering, I’m almost done with the book so I’ll stop talking about evolution soon.