"Evolution, like all other natural processes, is caused by changes in energy."
"It would be good to keep an open mind, but not so open that anything can enter
"My interests go beyond what the blurb indicates."
"Natural selection maximizes a quantity which is, roughly, the energy used for growth and reproduction."
"Scientific proposals are inappropriate for much theoretical work; when one knows just what one will do, it is done."
"Homology is resemblance caused by a continuity of information."
"It can be hard to tell a crank from an unfamiliar gear."
"Why is the world green, if it is?"
"What, really is an academic discipline? If we actively try to look at the world around (and in) us from a perspective which ignores received boundaries, the results may be surprising."
"In most aspects of human history the notion of fitness is best represented by power."
"Our first concern is with life itself, with the flow of energy which powers it."
"Any intrusion of ideology into science is an invitation to wishful thinking."
An evolutionary biologist best known for his Law of Constant Extinction and the Red Queen’s hypothesis, Leigh Van Valen was a polymath whose unique insights impacted disciplines as diverse as mathematics, philosophy, and gender studies. With a seemingly inexhaustible command of the smallest detail, Leigh never lost sight of the biggest picture. His application of a unique energetic perspective to community ecology was an example of his grand scale thinking.
His work, including the archives of his two journals Evolutionary Theory and Evolutionary Monographs, is collected here.