disparaging Gould

Damien Broderick (damien@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au)
Tue, 26 Jan 1999 15:03:42 +0000

At 01:24 PM 1/25/99 -0800, Lee quoted:

> "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."
> --Paul Krugman

I've seen this cited a few times as though it proved something. Do we have any reason to suppose Paul Krugman (a biologist I'm unfamiliar with) knows what he's talking about in this respect? Leaving aside the flip generality of the remark, presumably meant to be funny rather than literally accurate, it's absurd to dismiss a whole approach to evolutionary theory filiated with, say, Richard Lewontin and Niles Eldredge; all three biologists have copious and frequently-cited formal publications.

Damien Broderick