It seems that we have something of a book club starting up here on Sb. Razib has started to blog his way through Stephen Jay Gould’s “magnum opus” The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, and it looks like John is going to join in, too. I purchased the book after seeing at the AMNH about two years ago, but I didn’t get very far (my eyes started to go cross around page 90). Given that I’ve learned a bit more about evolution and the arguments that still surround Gould & his writings since that time, I’m probably in a better place to pick the book up again.
The project will be made all the more interesting because I’m also reading Daniel Dennett’s Darwin’s Dangerous Idea and then plan to move on to Richard Dawkins’ The Ancestor’s Tale, so at least I’ll have the arguments of both “sides” fresh in my mind to compare as I was through the sea of print. It’s going to be a long slog though (I don’t expect to finish all this reading until the end of February at the earliest), but I think it’ll be a worthwhile pursuit. Anyone else want to get in on it? I’ll try to keep track of the links as we go along.