The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister's Pox by Stephen Jay Gould

I enjoyed this argument for the sciences and humanities to get along, respecting and borrowing knowledge and techniques of each other. Gould is opposed to E O Wilson’s reductionist approach in Consilience which argues for an all-inclusive strategy to remake all human endeavour in the image of science. Wilson has previously written Sociobiology, interpreting human behaviour in terms of evolutionary biology. Maybe it could have been called the snail (Gould’s study animal) vs the ant (Wilson’s specialty) but I’m not quite sure how to work that metaphor.

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