>> Besides, Gould once stated that the contingency based character of >> natural selection was such that if evolution were replayed millions >> of times, intelligence would not appear on the planet.
> Gould likes to emphasize that evolution has no direction. He says the
> only exception is the very simplest forms of life because if they were
> any simpler they wouldn't be alive at all so any change can only be
> toward more complexity. After this minimum requirement has been met
> the number of species that become more complex is no greater than the
> number that become simpler.
"But I eventually came to realize that working biologists regard [Stephen Jay] Gould much the same way that economists regard Robert Reich: talented writer, too bad he never gets anything right."
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