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Full house : the spread of excellence from Plato to Darwin

Author: Stephen Jay Gould; Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, Calif.] : Phoenix Books, [2007]
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : MP3 : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Full house presents the truth about progress, evolution and excellence, and a different way to look at the phenomenon of trends. We tend to see the world in terms of bad trends--why this nation going to pot vis-à-vis increasing criminal behavior and loosening moral fiber--and good trends better ethnic in urban areas, better transportation. We have always interpreted trends as things or entities moving in a definite  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable audio books
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Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)35787758
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jay Gould; Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
OCLC Number: 173517888
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
Title from: Title details screen.
Unabridged.
Duration: 7:25:45.
Performer(s): Read by Jr. Efrem Zimbalist.
Details: Requires OverDrive Media Console (WMA file size: 106765 KB; MP3 file size: 209392 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: Stephen Jay Gould.

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Full house presents the truth about progress, evolution and excellence, and a different way to look at the phenomenon of trends. We tend to see the world in terms of bad trends--why this nation going to pot vis-à-vis increasing criminal behavior and loosening moral fiber--and good trends better ethnic in urban areas, better transportation. We have always interpreted trends as things or entities moving in a definite direction-up or down-but Gould identifies this mode of interpretation as a bias that needs correcting. The focus here is on the nature of excellence and the misperception that progress is inevitable. In Full House, Stephen Jay Gould examines how the misinterpretation of data and trends results in bad science and bad social policy.

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