|Richard Lehrer (USA)||email@example.com|
|Leona Schauble (USA)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
Humans appear to have an inborn propensity to classify and generalize,
activities that are fundamental to our understanding of the world. Yet,
however one describes objects and events, their variability is at least
as important as their similarity. In Full House, Stephen Jay Gould neatly
drives home this point with his choice of a chapter subhead: "Variability
as Universal Reality". Gould further notes that modeling natural
systems often entails accounting for their variability. An example now
widely familiar from both the popular and professional press is the account
of how seemingly tiny variations in beak morphology led to dramatic changes
in the proportions of different species of Galapagos finches as the environment
fluctuated over relatively brief periods of time.
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