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In the opening paragraph of Stephen J. Gould's "Evolution as Fact and Theory", he refers to the evolution as "one of the best documented, most compelling and exciting concepts in all of science".
Yeah, that's only a selective quote too, just like the one above proffered by Pete Hodge. The difference is that I'm not stripping away its context to twist the sense of what's being said.
The quote comes from the first paragraph of the essay, which you can read in full here:
http://www.stephenjaygould.org/library/g...anonymous contributor, 12 years ago.