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II 156 ff
Technology/Nature/Gould: Nature could never have produced the wheel: it would not allow blood to flow to the corresponding part of the body.
Nevertheless, there is a small creature that moves with a rotating body part in the water. There is a permeable membrane at the contact point.
II 157
Much of the human technology has its origins in the reproduction of the good designs of organisms. (We know that evolution does not produce technical masterpieces, so we have to choose the coincidental good solutions.
II 158
Animals cannot develop many advantageous forms because inherited architectural patterns exclude them from the outset. Animals cannot, for example, assemble wheels from the parts provided by nature.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gould I
Stephen Jay Gould
The Panda’s Thumb. More Reflections in Natural History, New York 1980
German Edition:
Der Daumen des Panda Frankfurt 2009

Gould II
Stephen Jay Gould
Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes. Further Reflections in Natural History, New York 1983
German Edition:
Wie das Zebra zu seinen Streifen kommt Frankfurt 1991

Gould III
Stephen Jay Gould
Full House. The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin, New York 1996
German Edition:
Illusion Fortschritt Frankfurt 2004

Gould IV
Stephen Jay Gould
The Flamingo’s Smile. Reflections in Natural History, New York 1985
German Edition:
Das Lächeln des Flamingos Basel 1989


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