As someone aware of accomplishment in science I note always people are celebrated as having accomplished something but didn’t actually do so.
Its a modern list but therefore I pay attention when folks are celebrated.
I bump into the late Stephen Gould a lot because of evolution/creation conflict.They made a big deal about him and at first glance i thought it was another case of hyping somebody because of a establishment agenda. likewise someone who sold books etc
Yet after reading a major summery of his ion evolution and his punctuated equilibrium contribution I came to a sincere different point of view.
For creationists and thinkers on origins everywhere Gould really did contribute something to stand the test of time.
Just one thing(although his observation that darwin’s idea really came from a constant equation of Darwin about small steps doing everything is a second point also well made but I think others noticed this too including me) should get attention.
That is that he demonstrates the fossil record proves evolution did not move through gradual steps like darwin and others demanded. Darwin was wrong. Evolution could only of moved through sudden(punctuated) episodes and then just wait till another such episode.
Using evolutionism’s own fossil record Gould proved the fossil record proved there was never gradual steps from fish to rhinos.
The fossil record is complete enough and destroys the old Darwin claims. its over if evolutionism embraces the fossil record.
Now creationism rejects the fossil record as not a record and not a biological evidence for a biological theory. However evolutionists do embrace the fossil record!
So they must surrender that the fossil record does not show evolution going on as it would if it was true. Now PE is just a desperate reply to fix the problem. Thats another issue.
however gould’s proof of the failure of the fossil record is a deadly strike at fossil evidence having any proof of evolution. not just gradualism being disproved.
i think this is smelled out and why PE and Gould are already forgotten. i never find evolutionists bring up PE. Its unwelcome because its based on the fossils saying NO to evolutionary progression.
So Stephen Gould’s academic proven of the fossil record failure is a accomplishment in the science of origins. He meant to replace it with another idea but still his proof was the only important thing.
Creationists hinted about it but didn’t prove it in a systematic way.