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IV 110
Definition Gradualism/Gould: The assumption that nature makes "no leaps".
GouldVsDarwin: Darwin was so convinced of the necessity of unlimited time as a prerequisite of evolution that he confused selection with gradualism.
That led to criticism:
Th. H. HuxleyVsDarwin: exaggerated assumption: "Nature does not make jumps".(1)
IV 107
Uniformitarianism/DarwinVsKelvin/KelvinVsDarwin/Gould: this campaign was personal. Conditioned by Darwin's strong gradualism. (See Natural Laws/Lyell)

1. Th. H. Huxley.(1863): Evidence as to man's place in nature. London: Williams and Norgate.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gould I
Stephen Jay Gould
The Panda’s Thumb. More Reflections in Natural History, New York 1980
German Edition:
Der Daumen des Panda Frankfurt 2009

Gould II
Stephen Jay Gould
Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes. Further Reflections in Natural History, New York 1983
German Edition:
Wie das Zebra zu seinen Streifen kommt Frankfurt 1991

Gould III
Stephen Jay Gould
Full House. The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin, New York 1996
German Edition:
Illusion Fortschritt Frankfurt 2004

Gould IV
Stephen Jay Gould
The Flamingo’s Smile. Reflections in Natural History, New York 1985
German Edition:
Das Lächeln des Flamingos Basel 1989


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