Gould Book Club
The EEB Grad Book Club Presents:
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory
By Stephan Jay Gould
Gould, S. J. 2002. The Structure of Evolutionary Theory. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University. 1433 p.
As biologists – and evolutionary biologists at that – we all strive to retain some knowledge of the historical underpinnings of our vast discipline (or multi-disciplines) plus, at the very least, we hope to maintain a cursory understanding of the complex ideas that render evolutionary biology a controversial field. At this informal gathering we will touch upon a number of those contentious topics, and conventional topics for that matter (it’s a given that Gould will have some unorthodox spin on those well-accepted areas), and voila – we will be better EEB graduate students because of it (even if we only improve our vocabulary skills). So bring your copy of Gould and a dictionary and meet us at ….
Fridays 5pm @ The Hale
|12 September||The Hale||(Chp 9) The Primary Claims of Punctuated Equilibrium: Data and Definitions; The Scientific Debate on Punctuated Equilibrium: Critiques and Responses||pp 765, 784–812|
|19 September||The Hale||(Chp 8) The Grand Analogy: A Speciational Basis for Macroevolution; Presentation of the Chart for Macroevolutionary Distinctiveness; The Particulars of Macroevolutionary Explanation||pp 714-724|
|26 September||The Hale||(Chp 8 continued...) Reproductive drive: directional speciation; Species selection, Wright's Rule and the power of interaction with directional speciation||
|03 October||The Hale||(Chp 8 continued...) Species-level drifts as more powerful than the analogous phenomena in microevolution; The scaling of external and internal environments; Summary Comments||pp 735-744|
|10 October||The Hale|| Chp 10: Historical Constraints and the Evolution of Development; Constraints As a Positive Concept
*We are waiting on an interlibrary loan of Dennett
|28 November||Thanksgiving Break|