At that age, you don’t question things, you just accept.I carried forth with my days throwing raisins at the teacher and drawing cartoon characters on the desks.
Stephen Jay Gould became famous in part for his book Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History.
By examining the strange creatures in the Burgess Shale formation Gould makes the case that evolution is a highly contingent process, and that if you reran the experiment of life what we’d see might be very different from what we have now.
As a young child, I didn’t understand race or skin color. I hope I can speak for most Asian-Americans here, but there is that earth-shatterning moment in our childhood when we realize .
You can take it two ways: embrace that you’re not white or try everything in your power to become white.
We follow our principles because they're right, not because everyone agrees with them.
We follow them in adversity and in the face of opposition and even injustice.
When I was five I was put in a different school because there was an ESL (English as a Second Language) program there. ” Well, for starters, I was born in Ohio and English was my native tongue.
I was reading novels by kindergarten (totally spelled that wrong the first time, fail) and I prided myself on the fact that I had an extensive vocabulary for a toddler.
It wasn’t until later in life I tried to analyze the situation and came to this conclusion: I was put in that program for one reason, I was a shy Asian girl and everyone jumped to the conclusion that I couldn’t speak English.
I know I tend to joke about this story, but there’s a lesson to be learned.
Simony Conway Morris does not believe that contingency is nearly as powerful a force as Gould would have you believe. Richard Dawkins leaned on him to make the case for convergence in evolution in The Ancestor’s Tale.