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Wonderful Lie: The Radical's Guide to Evolutionary Fatalism



This is a video of a presentation on the history/philosophy behind Stephen Jay Gould's thought-experiment of "replaying life's tape". It's also a discussion about how "purpose driven" interpretations of natural history align with the "conventional interpretation" within the history of science, how this differs from the "radical" Darwinian interpretation, and how the debate informs our understanding of what George Gaylord Simpson calls "evolutionary fatalism". There's also a brief discussion of "replaying's life's tape" in modern evolutionary biology.


To learn more about my research, you can watch "The Great Gedankenexperiment" which is also available on my YouTube channel and featured in a previous blog post.


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