Re: Gould and Krugman (was: Fermi's Paradox)

Max More (
Thu, 28 Jan 1999 10:20:46 -0800

At 10:24 PM 1/27/99 -0800, Chris wrote:
>The biologists Brockman talked to seem to agree that Dawkins and Gould
>typify two archetypal points of view that normally have trouble
>communicating with one another. (According to Brockman) they agree on
>how evolution works, but disagree on what's important to focus on
>about it. Brockman claims it's partly a capitalist vs. socialist
>thing. (and we should all be expected to take Dawkins' side. I do.)

This doesn't seem likely to me. Can you say why you think it's a political difference. My impression is that Gould is a "lefty", and that Dawkins is a typical British academic lefty. Perhaps Gould is more of a socialist than Dawkins, but I've never seen Dawkins sing the praises of free markets. Do you have more information on their political views? (I'm much more familiar with Dawkins that with Gould, so I may be off-base on the latter's views.)


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