„Each worldview was a cultural product, but evolution is true and separate creation is not. […] Worldviews are social constructions, and they channel the search for facts. But facts are found and knowledge progresses, however fitfully. Fact and theory are intertwined, and all great scientists understand the interaction.“

—  Stephen Jay Gould, "Shields of Expectation—and Actuality", p. 425
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1941 - 2002
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