Announcement: Your votes are in! The January 2019 Philosophy Book of the Month is The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World by David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt.

Any practical use for Darwin's tree of life?

Use this forum to discuss the philosophy of science. Philosophy of science deals with the assumptions, foundations, and implications of science.
Posts: 41
Joined: September 12th, 2018, 10:15 pm

Re: Any practical use for Darwin's tree of life?

Post by Romanz1 » December 6th, 2018, 1:39 am

Eduk wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 10:57 am
Wikipedia, which you have free access to, lists puncutated equilibrium as Gould's most significant contribution to evolutionary biology. Developed with Niles Eldredge.
Im sure this is somehow not a satisfactory answer though.
Just slightly. Punctuated Equilibrium is an theory within the theory of evolution. It is also a theory that can't be tested, which means it's no more than a worthless story, and probably doesn't even qualify as science. Needless to say, PE is completely useless in any practical sense. Gould was a talker, not a doer; he contributed nothing at all to the advancement of applied science.

Post Reply