Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Darwin's Relevance


Good bit on the Times.

Another example of the researcher's need to have and and keep an open mind. Few great things were accomplished without the latter, after all.


"How did Darwin come to be so in advance of his time? Why were biologists so slow to understand that Darwin had provided the correct answer on so many central issues? Historians of science have noted several distinctive features of Darwin’s approach to science that, besides genius, help account for his insights. They also point to several nonscientific criteria that stood as mental blocks in the way of biologists’ accepting Darwin’s ideas."

Read it here.




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9 comments:

JJ said...

This made me think of the idea of the creative class and how its clustering leads to more creativity.

Tina said...

Placement and contact with other forward-thinking folk might just have sth to do with this. Who would have thunk it, eh?

Dori said...

Good piece. Often the forward-thinking folk are kept to too high a standard and they're not seen as people whose work and thinking process is hindered by the stuff that dies not relate to their work and research.

Becca said...

You get to be ahead of your time by listening to those who know and knowing when not to listen to those who, well, know. This was a good article.

Becca said...

You get to be ahead of your time by listening to those who know and knowing when not to listen to those who, well, know. This was a good article.

Becca said...

You get to be ahead of your time by listening to those who know and knowing when not to listen to those who, well, know. This was a good article.

Anonymous said...

Genius is tough to pull off sans a good network.

Nicki said...

I wonder if he had any idea how high-frequency his name would become.... He might have thought twice about the trip to the Galapagos. Well, unless he was a closeted celeb, that is.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Darwin! And Lincoln!