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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Jay Gould Narrator: Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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We have always identified trends as bad (loosening of the moral fiber) or good (better ethnic eating in urban areas). But Stephen Jay Gould argues that this mode of interpretation is a bias that needs correcting. In Full House, Gould presents the truth about progress, evolution, and excellence, as well as a different way to understand trends other than as entities moving in a definite direction. Gould examines how the misinterpretation of data and statistics can result in bad science and social policy, while focusing on the nature of excellence from Plato to Darwin and the misconception that progress is inevitable. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chuck | 2/19/2014

    " A true work of genious by one of the great masters. Who else could thoroughly explain evolution and baseball all in the same book? Very sad he is no longer with us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ke Huang | 2/13/2014

    " His writing is so clear. He is somewhat repetitive about his thesis, but his facts are still identifiable for non-scientists. His thesis seems to support diversity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christopher Kvaal | 2/1/2014

    " Explains more than you would like to admit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bria | 1/31/2014

    " In the prologue Gould promises that this is a short book. It is not short enough. All the arguments and evidence could have been thoroughly covered in a few pages. The book is full of repetition and harping, harping, harping on the same thing. It should have been an article, not a book. But he's right, and I suppose a book reaches a wider and more lay audience than an article. Still, I could have used less baseball and lot less patting himself on the back. "

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About the Author

Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and professor of geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.