Re: speaking of books - how about Gould's?

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Date: Thu Mar 28 2002 - 04:41:43 GMT

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    >From: Ray Recchia <>
    >Subject: speaking of books - how about Gould's?
    >Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 19:50:59 -0500
    >I've been very busy lately so I don't have enough time to grab Steven Jay
    >Gould's new1400 page opus "The Structure of Evolutionary Theory". He has
    >been a big critic of memes and I was wondering if there was anything in
    >there on the subject.
    "Memes" and "memetics" aren't listed in the index, for what that's worth.
    "Evolutionary psychology" warrants a several page span in the index. Just
    looking at one of these pages I notice Gould credits Nietzsche (and Darwin)
    with the dichotomy between historical origin and current utility. This could
    be interesting *in itself* (or apparently if you're a Kantian). I've been
    too busy delving into an onslaught of Durkheim and Levy-Bruhl to get into
    Gould's book yet (aside from a little index driven sneak peeking to whet my

    It seems that Durkheim even touched a bit on a contrast of origin and
    utility in the first part of Chapter 4 "Rules for the Explanation of Social
    Facts" of his book _The Rules of Sociological Method_.

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