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Ernst Mayr Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

This evolution may compromise Java's claim of being simpler than C++,
but my guess is that the effort will make Java a better
language than it is today.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

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

Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution;
it finds itself changed from one day to the next.
- Jean Piaget

I believe in intuition and inspiration.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited,
whereas imagination embraces the entire world,
stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.
- Albert Einstein

Evolution is not a force but a process.
Not a cause but a law.
- John Morley

That's the way I try to live.
I think it's the only way for human beings at this
point in our evolution as souls,
where everyone in their lifetime is going through stuff.
- Al Jarreau

My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
- Steven Wright

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

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

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection
is the only theory we know of that is in principle
capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
- Richard Dawkins

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

Kubrick's vision seemed to be that humans are doomed,
whereas Clarke's is that humans are moving on to a
better stage of evolution.
- Marvin Minsky

What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher
evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast.
We suffer for nothing.
Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
- Mario Puzo

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

A probing analysis of the problems of evolution forms the basis of my prose.
- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

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

Evolution seems to close the heart to some of the plainest
spiritual truths while it opens the mind to the wildest
guesses advanced in the name of science.
- 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

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

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

Evolution is a tightly coupled dance,
with life and the material environment as partners.
From the dance emerges the entity Gaia.
- James Lovelock

Evolution is baseless and quite incredible.
- John Ambrose Fleming

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

Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested,
and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all.
This claim is rhetorical nonsense.
- Stephen Jay Gould

I believe that history might be, and ought to be,
taught in a new fashion so as to make the meaning of
it as a process of evolution intelligible to the young.
- Thomas Huxley

The causes of youth violence are working parents who
put their kids into daycare,
the teaching of evolution in the schools,
and working mothers who take birth control pills.
- Tom DeLay

The intellectual evolution of the race consists in
an increase in the number,
delicacy, complexity, permanence and speed of formation of such associations.
- Edward Thorndike

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

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

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

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

Biology is the science.
Evolution is the concept that makes biology unique.
- Jared Diamond

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

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

In the nineteenth century, many Anglican theologians,
both evangelical and catholic, embraced positively
the proposal of evolution.
- Arthur Peacocke

Evolution is a tinkerer.
- Francois Jacob

We're all like little ants who scurry around with the
materials that are at hand right now.
Each generation finds new materials.
Its just evolution, isn't it?
- Beth Orton

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

I have not the slightest doubt that this form of individuation
represents a higher stage in the evolution of mankind.
- Herbert Read

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


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