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Paleontology's Public Intellectual
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"On May 20, 2002, Stephen Jay Gould passed away. Called 'paleontology's public intellectual' by Andrew Knoll of Harvard University, Gould was a prominent evolutionist, a prolific author, and a champion of science and reason."
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Even as a child, Gould was obsessed with dinosaurs. However, dinosaurs were not as 'cool' in the 40's as they are today. What nickname did Gould earn for his interests?
Gould became a professor at a very young age- 26. At what university did he teach?
At the age of 30 Gould and Niles Eldredge coauthored a paper on a new theory of evolutionary science quite different from strict Darwinism. What was this theory called?
Gould was most famous as an author of short essays on science. In which magazine were these essays originally published?
One of Gould's books was titled 'The Panda's Thumb.' What did the panda's thumb have to do with evolution?
An example of very gradual evolution
An example of convergent evolution
An example of imperfect design
An example of paleontological detective work
One of Gould's works was called 'The Mismeasure of Man.' What was this book about?
Physical differences between men and women
Rate of growth of human skeletons
The heredity of intelligence
Physical differences between human races
Gould wrote many essays for the 'New York Review of Books.' However, many of them were not about books on science. What were they about?
Another of Gould's reviews for the 'New York Review of Books' was a scathing review of a book by Charles Murray. What was the subject of this book that so aroused Gould's ire?
Theories of racial intelligence
Creationism in the public schools
Gould appeared as an expert witness in several court cases. What did the cases concern?
Teaching creationism to schoolchildren
Ownership of dinosaur fossils
Generic drug marketing
Gould appeared as himself on one episode of a famous television series. Which one?
The Cosby Show
Star Trek-The Next Generation
Fill in the blank for the following quote from Gould-'Teaching _____________is like teaching English but making grammar optional.'
medicine without compassion
science without ethics
biology without evolution
math without statistics
What were Gould's political views best characterized as?
Middle of the road
Which of the following was a hobby of Gould's?
Singing in a choir
In 1980, Gould was diagnosed with abdominal mesothelioma, a type of cancer. The cancer went into remission for some years, then returned. Gould worked very hard to finish his magnum opus, probably knowing that he had little time left. What was this book called?
A Brief History of Evolution
Equilibrium and Evolution
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory
Creationism- The False Doctrine
Another of Gould's most famous essays is called, 'The Median Isn't the Message.' What is the subject of this essay?
Mediocrity in science education
Fraud in science research
The average person's views of science
Statistics of cancer survival
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