Stephen Jay Gould

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In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.

We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction.

People may believe correct things for the damndest and weirdest of wrong reasons.

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.

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