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Evolution thus is merely contingent on certain ...
by Ernst Mayr

Evolution thus is merely contingent on certain processes articulated by Darwin:
variation and selection.
- Ernst Mayr

New gene pools are generated in every generation,
and evolution takes place because the successful individuals
produced by these gene pools give rise to the next generation.
- Ernst Mayr

Living in an entirely different physical as well as biotic environment,
such a population would have unique opportunities to
enter new niches and to select novel adaptive pathways.
- Ernst Mayr

Life is simply the reification of the process of living.
- Ernst Mayr

 

All I claimed was that when a drastic change occurs,
it occurs in a relatively small and isolated population.
- Ernst Mayr

It seems to me that for Darwin the pulsing of evolutionary
rates was a strictly vertical phenomenon.
- Ernst Mayr

I did not claim that speciation occurs only in founder populations.
- Ernst Mayr

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Indeed, I was unable to find any evidence whatsoever
of the occurrence of a drastic evolutionary acceleration
and genetic reconstruction in widespread,
populous species.
- Ernst Mayr

The major novelty of my theory was its claim that the
most rapid evolutionary change does not occur in widespread,
populous species, as claimed by Most geneticists,
but in small founder populations.
- Ernst Mayr

According to the concept of transformational evolution,
first clearly articulated by Lamarck,
evolution consists of the gradual transformation of
organisms from one condition of existence to another.
- Ernst Mayr

As a consequence, geneticists described evolution simply
as a change in gene frequencies in populations,
totally ignoring the fact that evolution consists of
the two simultaneous but quite separate phenomena of
adaptation and diversification.
- Ernst Mayr

In those early years in New York when I was a stranger in a big city,
it was the companionship and later friendship which
I was offered in the Linnean Society that was the most
important thing in my life.
- Ernst Mayr

I had found again and again that the most aberrant
population of a species -
often having reached species rank,
and occasionally classified even as a separate genus -
occurred at a peripheral location,
indeed usually at the most isolated peripheral location.
- Ernst Mayr

Most of them are doomed to rapid extinction,
but a few may make evolutionary inventions,
such as physiological, ecological, or behavioral innovations
that give these species improved competitive potential.
- Ernst Mayr

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

In the struggle for survival,
the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals
because they succeed in adapting
themselves best to their environment.
- Charles Darwin

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

It is not the strongest of the species that survive,
nor the most intelligent,
but the one most responsive to change.
- Charles Darwin

Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped,
probably arboreal in its habits.
- Charles Darwin

Breaking up is a natural evolution
when you try to figure out what you want in life.
If you're with an individual
who isn't moving in the same direction
and at the same rate that you are,
it ain't going to work.
- Usher Raymond

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

There are no shortcuts in evolution.
- Louis D. Brandeis

In fact, death seems to have been a rather late invention in evolution.
One can go a long way in evolution before encountering an authentic corpse.
- George Wald

I heard that Jesus had a pet dinosaur.
Evolution must be a myth then.
- John Bacon

We know that these clashes with Asia and Jewry are necessary for evolution.
- Heinrich Himmler

The proposition that humans have mental characteristics
wholly absent in non-humans is inconsistent with the theory of evolution.
- Gary L. Francione

With the advent of genetic engineering the time required
for the evolution of new species may literally collapse.
- Dee Hock

The human's place in the universe will be set in the scheme of evolution,
the product of our biological inheritance.
- Walter Gilbert

Spencer's god was Evolution, sometimes also called Progress.
- Talcott Parsons

For the first time in history we can track the evolution
of a pandemic in real time.
Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation
and unpredictable behaviour.
- Margaret Chan

Fears of creating new kinds of plagues or of altering
human evolution or of irreversibly altering the environment
were only some of the concerns that were rampant.
- Paul Berg

No single discovery from any of these fields denotes proof of evolution,
but together they reveal that life evolved in a certain
sequence by a particular process.
- Michael Shermer

All the ills from which America suffers can be traced
to the teaching of evolution.
- William Jennings Bryan

Evolution is what it is.
The upper classes have always died out;
it's one of the most charming things about them.
- Germaine Greer

The evolution of sex is the hardest problem in evolutionary biology.
- John M. Smith

We must also be permitted to bear in mind that evolution,
though it may explain everything else,
cannot explain itself.
- Goldwin Smith

We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.
- Bill Hicks

When the mother of the race is free,
we shall have a better world,
by the easy right of birth and by the calm,
slow, friendly forces of evolution.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution,
not a sudden miracle.
- Patty Duke

The theory of evolution is totally inadequate to explain
the origin and manifestation of the inorganic world.
- John Ambrose Fleming

Evolution acts slowly.
Our psychological characteristics today are those that
promoted reproductive success in the ancestral environmen.
- Keith Henson

The proof of evolution lies in those adaptations that
arise from improbable foundations.
- Stephen Jay Gould

It's the lie of evolution that all man are just evolved
and that they're all equal,
and that all creatures are equal.
- Tim LaHaye

Essential to the theory of evolution is the premise
that everything has come into being by itself.
- Walter Lang

We're in the midst of an evolution, not a revolution.
- James Levine

In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat,
but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the
first step in progress toward a victory.
- Alfred North Whitehead

There's 40 or 50 songs that nobody's heard that I've done in between albums.
There's a whole evolution from Midnite Vultures to
Sea Change that's never been released.
- Beck

So much the worse, it may be, for a particular meeting:
but the meeting is the individual,
which on evolution principles, must be sacrificed for
the development of the race.
- Arthur Cayley

Parents have a right to insist that godless evolution
not be taught to their children.
- Patrick Buchanan

It may part of a one way evolution...
or it may be we are currently on the downside of an
innocence cycle where one day,
with an up cycle, sweet will be entertaining again.
- Christopher Knight

In the evolution of mankind there has always been a
certain degree of social coherence.
- Herbert Read

Tick is a cartoon character, I don't know if you're familiar with him.
This is the third step in his evolution.
Comic book to cartoon to, now, live-action.
- Patrick Warburton

I'm still my parent's child, I'm still me,
but I made a choice.
I evolved into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
I think it has to do with evolution.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the
blood of spiritual evolution.
- Teilhard de Chardin

God created a number of possibilities in case some
of his prototypes failed -
that is the meaning of evolution.
- Graham Greene

The argument for intelligent design basically depends on saying,
'You haven't answered every question with evolution,'...
Well, guess what? Science can't answer every question.
- Kenneth Miller

I have been interested in phenomena involving complexity,
diversity and evolution since I was a young boy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

The evolution of sense is, in a sense,
the evolution of nonsense.
- Vladimir Nabokov

If we turn to palaeontology to tell us about our biological
evolution it is to prehistory that we look for evidence
of the evolution of specifically human patterns of behaviour.
- John G. D. Clark

We're not going to make Evolution or any of our other
products depend on Mono anytime in the near future.
- Nat Friedman

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics,
which is the goal of all evolution.
Until we stop harming all other living beings,
we are still savages.
- Thomas A. Edison

The Church's note must be a supernatural note which
distinguishes incarnation from immanence,
redemption from evolution, the Kingdom of God from mere spiritual process.
- Arthur Middleton

We know evolution happened because innumerable bits
of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint
a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage.
- Michael Shermer

The progress of evolution from President Washington
to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.
- Henry B. Adams

Evolution, of course, is not something that simply
applies to life here on earth;
it applies to the whole universe.
- John Polkinghorne

We completely reject the theory of evolution.
- John Ambrose Fleming

Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy,
not a scientific fact.
Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it.
Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.
- Jimmy Swaggart

Other people have noticed more of an evolution than
I have and so I'll try to tell you where I'm coming
from and also relate it to what I think other people perceive.
- Diane Wakoski


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