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Human judgment is notoriously fallible and perhaps seldom more so than in facile decisions that a character has no adaptive significance because we do not know the use of it.
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Man is the result of a purposeless and materialistic process that did not have him in mind. He was not planned.

— George Gaylord Simpson

Now we do have many examples of transitional sequences.

— George Gaylord Simpson

Almost all paleontologists recognize that the discovery of a complete transition is in any case unlikely.

— George Gaylord Simpson

Certainly paleontologists have found samples of an extremely small fraction, only, of the earth's extinct species, and even for groups that are most readily preserved and found as fossils they can never expect to find more than a fraction.

— George Gaylord Simpson

Most of the dogmatic religions have exhibited a perverse talent for taking the wrong side on the most important concepts in the material universe, from the structure of the solar system to the origin of man.

— George Gaylord Simpson

Of course the orders all converge backward in time, to different degrees.

— George Gaylord Simpson

Splitting and gradual divergence of genera is exemplified very well and in a large variety of organisms.

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He is a state of matter, a form of life, a sort of animal, and a species of the Order Primates, akin nearly or remotely to all of life and indeed to all that is material.

— George Gaylord Simpson

The fact - not theory - that evolution has occurred and the Darwinian theory as to how it occurred have become so confused in popular opinion that the distinction must be stressed.

— George Gaylord Simpson

Man stands alone in the universe, a unique product of a long, unconscious, impersonal, material process with unique understanding and potentialities. These he owes to no one but himself, and it is to himself that he is responsible. He is not the creature of uncontrollable and undeterminable forces, but is his own master. He can and must decide and manage his own destiny.

— George Gaylord Simpson

It is inherent in any definition of science that statements that cannot be checked by observation are not really saying anything or at least they are not science.

— George Gaylord Simpson

The earliest and most primitive known members of every order already have the basic ordinal characters, and in no case is an approximately continuous sequence from one order to another known. In most cases the break is so sharp and the gap so large that the origin of the order is speculative and much disputed.

— George Gaylord Simpson

The argument from absence of transitional types boils down to the striking fact that such types are always lacking unless they have been found.

— George Gaylord Simpson

A rill in a barnyard and the Grand Canyon represent, in the main, stages of valley erosion that began some millions of years apart.

— George Gaylord Simpson

Species evolve exactly as if they were adapting as best they could to a changing world, and not at all as if they were moving toward a set goal.

— George Gaylord Simpson

To put it crudely but graphically, the monkey who did not have a realistic perception of the tree branch he jumped for was soon a dead monkey-and therefore did not become one of our ancestors.

— George Gaylord Simpson

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