Sunday, November 13, 2005
- Putting huge amounts of observations together to demonstrate the existence of "gradualism" in natural history as opposed to the dominant thinking of rapid creation (catastrophism).
- Expressing a theory to explain gradualism and the observed change over time of complex living things.
- Being a master of making huge amounts of observations, organizing those observations, and applying the scientific method to those observations in combination with the set of known observations in the world (such as Lyell's evidence for gradual changes in geology).
More than anything else, the success of Buffett and Darwin are examples of the power of rigorously and relentlessly applying rationality and the scientific method.