“Humans are not the end result of predictable evolutionary progress, but rather a fortuitous cosmic afterthought, a tiny little twig on the enormously arborescent bush of life, which, if replanted from seed, would almost surely not grow this twig again, or perhaps any twig with any property that we would care to call consciousness.”

–Stephen Jay Gould, “Can We Complete Darwin’s Revolution?”

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“The hand is more important than the eye.”

–Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

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